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About David

David Severn is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Nottingham, UK. His work is concerned with working class culture and the places associated with it, both historically and today. He is particularly interested in the relationship between people, work and landscape. Drawn to subjects that echo his experiences growing up in a former mining town, David’s photographs seek to capture a sense of place shaped by his memories and cultural background. His current long-term project explores life within former coal mining areas of the British Midlands.

David’s photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently David was selected as a winner of the Magnum Photos “30 under 30″ award, an international competition open to documentary photographers under 30 years of age covering social issues.

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Exhibitions

  • 2018 Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester: The Pit of Nations - Black British Coal Miners

  • 2018 New Art Exchange, Nottingham UK: The Pit of Nations - Black British Coal Miners

  • 2018 JCDecaux digital displays across UK: Portrait of Britain 2018 by British Journal ofPhotography

  • 2017 JCDecaux digital displays across UK: Portrait of Britain 2017 by British Journal ofPhotography

  • 2017 Nottingham Castle, Nottingham UK: Strangers Not Allowed On This Works, FORMAT International Photography Festival

  • 2016 JCDecaux digital displays across UK: Portrait of Britain 2016 by British Journal of Photography

  • 2016 Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France: Flaneur, a perspective

  • 2015 Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles USA: Life Framer Award Exhibition

  • 2015 Four Corners, London UK: Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition

  • 2015 Royal Albert Hall, London UK: Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158

  • 2015 NEC, Birmingham UK: Magnum Photos “30 under 30” Exhibition

  • 2015 One Eyed Jacks Gallery, Brighton UK: One Eyed Jacks Open Call Exhibition

  • 2014 Getty Images Gallery, London UK: Renaissance Prize 2014 Exhibition

  • 2014 National Museum of Singapore, Singapore: Singapore International Photography Festival

  • 2014 Royal Albert Hall, London UK: Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 157

  • 2013 University of Derby, Derby UK: FORMAT International Photography Festival

  • 2013 Magnum Print Room, London UK: IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award Finalist Exhibition

  • 2013 White Cloth Gallery, Leeds UK: Portrait Salon

  • 2012 St Peter Port, Guernsey UK: Guernsey Photography Festival

  • 2012 Nottingham Castle, Nottingham UK: Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition


Clients

  • The New York Times

  • The Red Cross

  • The Guardian

  • FT Weekend Magazine

  • Le Monde

  • MONOCLE

  • The Times (London)

  • Le Courrier

  • Rough Trade

  • Capital Magazin


Awards

  • Honourable Mention - Photographic Museum of Humanity Grant 2017, New Generation Prize

  • Winner - Magenta Flash Forward 2016

  • Winner - Gold Under 30′s Award, Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition, 2015

  • Winner - Metro Imaging Mentorship Award, 2015

  • Winner – Magnum Photos “30 Under 30”, 2015

  • Finalist – Renaissance Prize, 2014

  • Finalist – IdeasTap / Magnum Photos Award, 2012

  • Winner – Grand Prize, Nottingham Castle Annual Open, 2012


Talks / Workshops


TEACHING

  • Hourly Paid Lecturer - BA Photography at Nottingham Trent University

  • Hourly Paid Lecturer - MA Documentary Journalism at Nottingham Trent University