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Passing Time by David Hurn at the Third Floor Gallery

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 15:15 UK time, Thursday, 18 November 2010

A new exhibition showing the work of renowned photographer David Hurn opens at the Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff Bay this evening.

David Hurn's career as a photographer has spanned 55 years. He has caught a myriad of subjects on camera, from capturing images of the Soviet invasion of Hungary to working on photoshoots of films including James Bond and Barbarella. Hurn also has an affinity with Wales, having portrayed the country and its people in his series of books.

The exhibition, so the press release says, is "born from Hurn's will to prove that he is not dead as some may assume, but is instead observing and photographing every day".

This has resulted in an exhibition which pairs examples of the photographer's early and late images, and aims to bring the passage of time to life, and enhance the commonalities and dissimilarities often overlooked in the cycles of time.

The Beatles during filming of A Hard Day's Night on a train platform, 1964. Photo © David Hurn/ Magnum

The Beatles during filming of A Hard Day's Night on a train platform, 1964. Photo © David Hurn/Magnum

Image of a Tableau case - National Museum, Cardiff, 2006. Photo © David Hurn/ Magnum

Image of a tableau case - National Museum, Cardiff, 2006. Photo © David Hurn/ Magnum

There's an interesting twist though. A 'second opening' of the exhibition on 3 December will show the results of handing the curation process over to the public.

People have been encouraged to find pairs of Hurn's photographs in the online Magnum archives and then submit them to Flickr for this project - you can browse some of the dozens of pairs suggested. Hurn will also give a talk at the gallery on 3 December.

For more information, visit the Third Floor Gallery's website or Facebook page.

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