David Lurie

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David Lurie (born 1951) is a photographer living and working in Cape Town.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Cape Town in 1951,[2] David Lurie studied economics, politics and philosophy at the University of Cape Town, and graduated with a BA Honours degree. He went on to teach philosophy at the University, before moving to the London School of Economics in 1980, where he undertook research at the Department of International Relations. From 1985, he worked as a consultant–economist in London.[1][3]

In 1990, Lurie, self-taught in photography, began taking on documentary projects part-time. This became his full-time job in 1995, following the publication of his first book Life in the Liberated Zone.[1][4]


Lurie has exhibited in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa and the Middle East.[1]

  • "South African Photographs": 1990 (toured UK)[3]
  • "Working the Surface of the Earth": 1990 (Group show)[3]
  • "Bitter Harvest": 1992 (UK, Europe, US, South Africa)[3][5]
  • Portfolio Gallery, London (with Omar Badsha and David Goldblatt) (1992)[3]
  • "Life in the Liberated Zone": 1993 (UK, Europe, US, South Africa)[3][6]
  • "Crisis in South Africa's Health Services": 1994 (UK)[3]
  • "After Apartheid: South Africa's black middle class": 1995 (US tour, with "Life in the Liberated Zone", commissioned by the Getty Center, Los Angeles)[3]
  • "Struggling to Share the Promised Land": 2001-2 (UK, Germany, Bahrain, South Africa)[3][7]
  • Offside: Cape Town 2010 at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town, on the peripheries of Cape Town society. "This selection of photographs deconstructs and explores the irony and inherent contradictions promulgated by the media that has turned a blind eye to the realities of poverty, mass inequality and xenophobia in order to line the pockets of the chosen few."[8]
  • The Right To Refuge, with supporting text by Steven Robins and poetry by Patricia Schonstein, Cape Town Holocaust Centre, 2010.[9]



Published books[edit]

  • Life in the Liberated Zone. Manchester: Cornerhouse, 1994. ISBN 0948797282.
  • Cape Town Fringe: Manenberg Avenue is where it’s happening. Cape Town: Double Storey, 2004. ISBN 1919930728.
  • Images of Table Mountain. Cape Town: Bell-Roberts, 2006. ISBN 0620360453.


  1. ^ a b c d "About", David Lurie's personal website.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "David Lurie", South African History Online.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "David Lurie", South African History Online.
  4. ^ "Life In The Liberated Zone", Cornerhouse.
  5. ^ "Bitter Harvest", Amber Online.
  6. ^ "Life in the Liberated Zone", Amber Online.
  7. ^ "Struggling to Share the Promised Land", Amber Online.
  8. ^ "Upcoming exhibition", Absolute Arts.
  9. ^ "The Right to Refuge", South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation.
  10. ^ a b "Cape Town Fringe, Manenberg Ave Is Where It's Happening", Pictures of the Year International archive.

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