David Sopronyi is a Hungarian-born documentary photographer now living in London. David began photographing professionally in 2000 and he soon landed a job at a leading professional photolab in Budapest. For years he split his time between self-driven documentary projects and his work at the lab, where he was heading up the department of colour photography. From 2005-2007 he pursued Multimedia Studies in Hungary, then moved to the UK in 2009. He graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in Photography from Middlesex University London in 2012 and started working as a freelance photographer. In his long-term personal projects David focuses on the relationship between the built-up environment and mankind, or works on stories picturing a person’s everyday life in depth. His latest project the “West Way” has been widely recognised: it is amongst the UK winners of Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award 2013, it won the 3rd prize at the International Street Photography Awards in 2013 and received the Sunday Times Magazine’s Spectrum Emerging Talent Award and the D&AD Best New Blood Award in 2012. David’s trademark is his sensitivity for detail that allows him to picture his subjects - no matter how mundane they might be - in an elegant and surprising way.
The A40 in west London is a major traffic artery and its elevated section between East Acton and Edgware Road is known as the “Westway”. In this project I wanted to explore the relationship between the built-up environment, nature and man, as well as the ever-evolving process through which the Westway has become part of normal, everyday life in this neighbourhood. Telling the story of the Westway has allowed me to reflect on the fragility of men in contrast to the greatness of their creations.