David Lurie

b.1951

David Lurie is a photographer from South Africa. He studied economics, politics and philosophy and taught philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Lurie lived in London where he undertook research in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, co-edited Millenium, Journal of International Studies and worked as a consultant-economist. His scholarship has continued to influence his photographic content; focusing on the effects of urbanization, social marginalization and economic disparities in Africa.

His bodies of work can be read like visual journals, harmonizing a documentary approach with the finesse of a painter. Lurie’s ability to capture the often-overlooked commonplace and reveal its effluence, beauty and humanistic ‘spirit of place’, to be experienced anew, gives poignancy to his considered compositions. “His portraits display a rare interaction ('two-way gaze') between photographer and subject; an often disconcerting transformation of spectacle into spectator, where the viewer (photographer) appears to be under scrutiny.

His cityscapes are 'personal', with obsessive attention to detail. The fascination and strangeness often lies in the minutiae. His subjects are portrayed unflinchingly and truthfully, yet caringly.” Lurie’s work has been widely published and exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East. He is the recipient of numerous awards including Pictures of the Year International, the World Understanding Award, Nikon (UK), Ilford Pro Photo (SA), and Arts Council of Great Britain Grant Awards. His work has been featured in international art fairs; Jo’burg art Fair (2011, 2014, 2015) and Photo La art Fair (2012, 2013) amongst many other. He is represented in several public and private collections; Iziko National Gallery
, Side Gallery, Newcastle, 
Bradford Museums & Galleries, 
Getty Centre for Arts & Humanities, Los Angeles Black Gallery and the 
Essl Museum.

David Lurie

Selected Works

The latest work from this artist.

Latest Insights

The latest insights about this artist.

British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography

David Lurie
Press
16 Nov 2016

Writing the City, a series of art documentary photogrpahs.  

   View more
Fascination Photography - Essl Museum

Fascination Photography - Essl Museum

David Lurie
News
12 Nov 2015

The exhibition entitled ‘Fascination Photography” opens at the Essl Museum, Vienna on 12 November, and includes works by David Lurie, Andreas Gursky, Judy Dater, Tal Adler, Ricarda Roggan, Lois Renner, and Lisl Ponger.

   View more

No results

Exhibitions

The latest exhibitions from the artist.

Writing the City

Writing the City

David Lurie
London
17 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016

Sulger-Buel Lovell LONDON 17 Nov - 16 Dec 2016

   View more
Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (Cape Town)

Rites of Passage: Between Light and Shadow (Cape Town)

Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Neill Wright, David Lurie, Paul Emmanuel, Wycliffe Mundopa, Gresham Tapiwa Nyaude
Cape Town
11 Jun 2016 - 31 Jul 2016

Simultaneous Exhibition - Cape Town and London A group exhibition featuring in Cape Town: Nú Barreto, Christine Dixie, Paul Emmanuel, David Lurie, Wycliffe Mundopa ...

   View more
Writing the City

Writing the City

David Lurie
Cape Town
09 Mar 2016 - 01 May 2016

CAPE TOWN, South Africa A solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer, David Lurie at the South African Jewish Musuem 9 March - 1 May ...

   View more
Morning After Dark

Morning After Dark

David Lurie
Cape Town
05 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2015

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa South African, David Lurie's travelling exhibition Morning After Dark at the Sasol Museum, Stellenbosch in association wih Sulger-Buel Lovell ...

   View more