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.
Entry description: West Way The A40 route in West London is one of the main arteries of the city’s traffic and its 2.5-mile long, elevated section between East Acton and Edgware Road is known as the Westway. The West Way is a search for the so far unarticulated faces of this vicinity, which has yielded a series of images juxtaposing natural and artificial elements ranging from the most familiar to the utterly surprising. By documenting the urban landscape of this area, I have been aiming 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 the everyday life - part of normality - in this neighbourhood. The chronicle of this part of London offers an insight into the ways people in large metropolises create ideas for living, how they put these into practice and finally how they respond to the realisation of the same plans. In essence, telling the story of the Westway has allowed me to reflect on the fragility of men in contrast to the greatness of their creations.