Author Archive for david alan harvey

New York


I publish Instagrams from a wide variety of locations worldwide. Yet if you roll through my feed you will see a high percentage of photos from either my rooftop in Brooklyn or my front porch in the outer banks. Basically I’m a homebody. I rarely “go out”. 90% of my socializing happens at home. My book publishing workshop just finished in New York and was my most intense two day workshop ever. We literally didn’t sleep for two days. Terrific students. Yes we worked hard and yes the party was never over.

Hurricane Joaquin


Hurricane Joaquin rolls towards New York with winds of 130 mph and rated as a Cat 3. Great. My book publishing class starts tomorrow so it’s gonna turn into a hurricane party I can tell. Teju Cole, Rob Clark and Michael Christopher Brown will be showing my students work along with BurnBooks producer Diego Orlando. Dasha Kozyulka shown here this afternoon on my rooftop was a major character in my upcoming BeachGames book. So it’s gonna be books, movies, popcorn and beer. Oh yes Mark Lubell Director of ICP who I interviewed this morning for BurnMagazine will also be a special guest. Nothing better than riding out a storm with your friends. #hurricane #rain #wind



Valparaiso, Chile. From my book Divided Soul (Phaidon). This is a one shot only candid photo. Yet I had spent a couple of days with this one family so after a bit I pretty much blended in. I was having my coffee on the center patio and this young girl was about to leave for school. She was simply day dreaming I suppose. She was shy however. She heard the click and the moment was gone. Leica M6 and Velvia film.


12049549_10156073755025022_8448138069347238699_nThe couple on the left had been married 60 years when they randomly met the couple on the right who had been married for about 60 seconds. Wedding photographers thrive here in the outer banks and I was a renegade shooting a wedding to which I had not been invited. So I made friends with the commissioned photog first, then the bride and groom. Everyone happy in the end. For sure a huge part of my work is making sincere relationships with those whom I photograph. Do we stay in contact forever? Unlikely, yet yes sometimes. Yet I bet none of my subjects forget the experience. I sure don’t. It’s always a collaboration. A short relationship yet intense. And we’ve all got the picture to remember. #outerbanks #weddingday #natgeo

Book Publishing Workshop



Students taking my book publishing workshop starting next week will be on this rooftop soonest. My Brooklyn space always makes the near perfect workshop location. Lots of work gets done, plenty of outside guest presenters, and we have a lot of fun doing it#davidalanharveyworkshops

Bridesmaid Catch


Katie makes the bridesmaid catch!! Or did she? Some witnesses say she stole the corsage from another bridesmaid who actually caught it. I was shooting rapid burst on the iPhone and have photo proof of what actually happened. Yet this is the only one in the sequence I will publish. One way or another Katie was the victor. All is fair in love and war? #chehabigoesharvey





#outerbanks #nagshead

Pamlico Sound


Fisherman on Pamlico Sound. #outerbanks #nagshead




That’s my mother Maryanna as a teacher in a one room schoolhouse in Iowa farm country in 1940. She taught all subjects in grades 1-12. Here with 6 students of various ages. I had not seen this newspaper clip until two weeks ago sent now by my cousin Marilyn. I’m imagining she was a pretty good teacher to these kids. All I know is that she was my best teacher in life and her philosophy for living carries on. My mother was a great supporter of my work from the beginning and literally built my very best darkroom when I was about 14. Maryanna Babcock Harvey at 93 even loved Instagram right up to her last days and used it as a way to track her loving family. Her memory only brings smiles to us all.