Sean Hudson

British (1935 - 1997)
Sean Hudson Dizzie Gillespie, Paris, 1989 1989 © Sean Hudson


Born 1935
Died 1997
Nationality British

Hudson trained as a photographer and cameraman in the late 1950s, during the early years of the British realist film movement. He assisted directors as eminent as Ken Loach, Mike Hodges and Jean-Luc Godard. He also shot his own documentaries and as an activist in the Workers' Revolutionary Party played a leading role in its film unit. In 1980, disillusioned with the Party's leadership, Hudson moved to Edinburgh where he subsequently became the International Festival's official photographer. Whilst often playful, his photography remained socially committed in the spirit of 1960s realism.

Glossary terms

  • Used generally for art that attempts to represent things as they appear. It specifically refers to a mid-19th century movement in France, led by Gustave Courbet, that rejected the sometimes obscure subject matter of academic painting in favour of more accessible scenes of everyday life.