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David Alan Harvey  MagnumPhotos/BurnMagazine. Books: “Divided Soul”; “Based on a True Story”; “Cuba”; “Tell It Like It Is”


Outer Banks NC

Outer Banks NC

A shoutout for my dear friend Lois Liggins who I photographed in 1967 in Norfolk, Va when she was age 7. Inspired as a college student by the missives of Dr Martin Luther King I moved into the “ghetto” and lived for a month with Lois and her 9 member family. Her mother Callie gave me the permission the friendship the love. So I didn’t photograph poverty. I photographed people. A family being a family. My newly reprinted book “Tell It Like It Is” was originally published when I was a grad student in 1967. 3 months later Dr King was murdered by a white racist.. All that love all that progress slid way back. It feels like that to me now. I’m a white middle class kid whose parents taught me that all people were created equal. That made sense!! My world travels proved this to be true. World travel educated as no other means. Lois and I after 52 years are friends now. How cool is that? She was a sweetheart at 7 and she’s a sweetheart now. I will visit Lois again soon. Dr Martin Luther King. A role model for all. For those of us with no political power all we can do is set examples. The power of positive example cannot be measured but why not try? Apathy at this point in history will be our undoing. Big love 🎈

This is one in a series of my work on the @magnumphotos project HOME, made possible with a grant from @fujifilmx_us . 15 Magnum photographers got paid to stay home! This collaborative effort will soon be a Magnum book and internationally traveling exhibit. I didn’t get very far off my front porch in the outer banks of NCarolina last summer. I fell in love with photography at 13. A boy with a dream, living just a bit north in Va Beach. My earliest work was only pictures of my family and nearby neighborhood. Later my dreams came more than true and my little camera has taken me around the block more than a few times. My best education. A world view. Yet now I’ll be sitting in a spectacular spot like a sidewalk cafe in Rome, and in the back of my mind I’m thinking of my front porch in the outer banks. So it’s clearly circles. No artifice to this work, just hanging out. With those closest to me 🎈

Cape Hatteras, NC. Part of my “BeachGames” series where reality and subjective blend. While I mostly do documentary professionally, I also like to play with a novella style narrative. With the “BeachGames” zine I’ll leave you guessing. My book “Based on A True Story” got me rolling with non linear structure and was a move away from a purely documentary motif. With films and literature I like both fact and fiction. I absorb both. Yet the masterpieces tend to be representations. In any case both require total commitment from the author/photographer. If you are thinking about long term projects either subjective or photojournalistic you may want to check out my 6 month online mentoring program . Link in profile. I don’t teach if I am not working as well. Now I’m trying not to travel in order to publish at least 2 books of my own work and simultaneously helping others do the same. Parallel zen. I’m not a podium teacher. Track my IG Stories and you will get a taste of it. I’m off to National Geographic tomorrow for their annual gathering of the tribe. Come along via IG and meet some top editors and photographers. My IG Stories are all about process and how you may want to start thinking about photographs in narrative form. Life seen through the viewfinder packs a punch hard to get any other way. An individual effort. Fact or fiction no matter. Your mirror.

Pamlico Sound. Outer Banks NC

Nags Head 1/4/18

This street photo is from my book “Based On A True Story” shot in Rio de Janeiro. I spent months in Rio both on commission for NatGeo and on my own creating the narrative for this book. I always tell those whom I mentor that it’s not just about the pictures but about the overall authorship, narrative, intent, and sequencing. To make a book, the photographer must have something to say. This picture out of the context of the book is still a picture I’d print as a single , yet as part of the book narrative it takes on a new life. If you are interested in developing a long term photo essay or book you might want to think about applying for my new online 6 month mentoring program for photographers who either have a very clear idea of where they want to be or for those who want to get to that clear idea. Many don’t need mentors. Yet most emerging photographers often need to find that key and it’s not about getting the right camera . Many these days are confused about how to move forward to maximize their potential as artists or as photojournalists. I’m only going to take 15 students for this 6 month marathon mentoring program. Portfolio review and FaceTime interview required for all applicants. See link in profile. I take my role as a mentor just as seriously as I take producing my own work. That’s the whole point. To make something actually happen. I’m a dreamer who is also results oriented. It takes those two elements plus a fire in the belly to get your work DONE.See also book reviews and tips on my IG Stories. Link in profile.

Copacabana Palace party. Rio de Janeiro.

So far in my world travels I’ve never come across an evil culture, religion, or race. What I’ve found are people everywhere who want a roof over their heads, a job/sense of purpose, and a family. Most want to live in peace. Most cause no harm. A few in power often create circumstances that do indeed bring out the dark side of human nature, yet again by personal observation I’ve seen 99% of us on the planet want harmony and coexistence. In this spirit I wish ALL a very Happy New Year and peace for 2018. #rio

Puerto Vallarta, México. Fishermen at dawn. I always gravitate to photographing fishermen. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s just the tradition, the history, of working on the water. I haven’t been to any country in the world where I was not welcomed on a fishing boat. It’s usually many hours of commitment with only a few minutes of good light for shooting, yet I’ll always go for it.

End of year musings. Nags Head . 12/29/17

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