David Lurie (b.1951) 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.