David Lurie lives and works in Cape Town. He studied economics, politics and philosophy, taught philosophy, did research in international political economy at the London School of Economics, and worked as a consultant economist before turning to photography. Lurie lived for many years in London, where he began doing documentary projects part-time in 1990 and full-time from 1995, following the publication of his first book, Life in the Liberated Zone. He moved back to Cape Town permanently in 2011. His work has been widely published and exhibited in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the Middle East. He is the recipient of several awards including Pictures of the Year International, the World Understanding Award for Cape Town Fringe: Manenberg Avenue is where it’s Happening; Nikon (UK); Ilford Pro Photo (SA); and Arts Council of Great Britain Grant Awards. His monographs are Karoo – Land of Thirst (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2019); Daylight Ghosts (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2018); Undercity – the other Cape Town (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2017); Images of Table Mountain, (Bell-Roberts, 2006); Cape Town Fringe: Manenberg Avenue is where it’s Happening, (Double Storey Books,2004); and Life in the Liberated Zone, (Cornerhouse, 1995). Dreaming the Street will be published by Skira in 2022.
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