David Lurie lives and works in Cape Town. He studied economics, politics and philosophy, and taught philosophy before turning to photography. He lived for many years in London where he began doing documentary projects part-time in 1990 and full-time in 1995, following the publication of his first book, Life in the Liberated Zone, in 1995.

Lurie’s work has been widely published and he has 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 several Arts Council of Great Britain Grant Awards.

His work is held in several public and private collections.
Lurie moved back to Cape Town permanently in 2011.