About

Bio

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. His current project explores life within coalfield 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.

 

Clients

  • The New York Times
  • The Guardian
  • Le Monde
  • MONOCLE
  • The Times (London)
  • FT Weekend Magazine
  • The Financial Times
  • Rough Trade
  • Capital Magazin
  • New Internationalist
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • University of Nottingham

 

Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Britain by British Journal of Photography – JCDecaux digital billboard displays across UK (2016)
  • Flaneur, a perspective – Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France (2016)
  • Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 158 – Royal Albert Hall, London, UK + touring venues (2015)
  • Uncertain States Open Call Exhibition – Four Corners, London, UK (2015)
  • Life Framer Award Exhibition – Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2015)
  • Magnum Photos 30 Under 30 – National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK (2015)
  • One Eyed Jacks Open Call Exhibition – One Eyed Jacks Gallery, Brighton, UK (2015)
  • Renaissance Prize exhibition – Getty Images Gallery, London, UK (2014)
  • Singapore International Photography Festival – National Museum of Singapore, Singapore (2014)
  • Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition – Royal Albert Hall, London, UK + touring venues (2014)
  • FORMAT International Photography Festival – Derby, UK (2013)
  • Ideas Tap / Magnum Photos Award Finalist Exhibition – Magnum Print Room, London, UK (2013)
  • Portrait Salon exhibition – White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, UK (2013)
  • Guernsey Photography Festival – Guernsey, UK (2012)
  • Nottingham Castle Annual Open – Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, UK (2012)
  • FORMAT International Photography Festival “East Meets West” – QUAD, Derby and Light House, Wolverhampton, UK (2012)

 

Awards

  • 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

  • The Photographers Gallery Young Persons Mentorship
  • University of Derby guest lecture (2016)
  • Nottingham Trent University guest lecture (2015)
  • First Art, Procure.Arte and UNESCO “Flaneur” Photowalk – Nottinghamshire, UK (2015)
  • Photo-Forum – London, UK (2014)
  • FORMAT International Photography Festival PhotoForum – Derby, UK (2014)
  • TEDx Lace Market – Nottingham, UK (2012)
  • Burton and South Derbyshire College – Burton-Upon-Trent, UK (2012)

 

Publications

  • The Telegraph (link)
  • British Journal of Photography (link)
  • Portrait Salon (link)
  • Photographic Museum of Humanity (link)
  • Metro Imaging (link)
  • Prourarte Flaneur Catalogue
  • PDN
  • Conscientious (link)
  • Feature Shoot (link)
  • LENSCRATCH
  • Fourteen-Nineteen
  • It’s Never Summer (link)
  • digitalFaun (link)
  • One Giant Arm

Juried

  • FORMAT Festival “East Meets West” + portfolio review – Derby, UK