Author Archive for david alan harvey



As I post here tonight, the opening of my three part show NO FILTER is happening at Look3. Yet I am not at my own opening of a show of which I’m actually proud. We worked on it. It’s only a one week pop up show in reality. Yet it’s sorta my hometown crowd. Friends and family. So I gotta give them a good one. After 4 days of hanging large prints . This one the cover of my new book Tell It Like It Is But I’m making everybody crazy calling my two key printers and wanted to make last minute changes. We did.Scott @scottthode and Kaya @kayaleeberne led an incredible team who made this happen for me. So many thanks. Yet even though they did the work, I’m burned so I’m hanging at home outer banks and heading for LOOK3 next week. @burnmagazine will have a special place as well. We will announce the EPF grant recipients and launch two new books. So my whole “Burn/DAH circus” as we call ourselves , will be there. Please come and buy us a beer. Thanks! #burnmagazine #burnbooks #tellitlikeitis #look3

Wet silver


Wet silver #tellitlikeitis #burnbooks #burnmagazine #blackandwhite



Springtime fresh Kodak snapshot that I just couldn’t resist! The air is simply magic in the outer banks in spring..warm during day, coolish at night, windows open for good sleeping..I have lots going on. Ready to launch a book and big print show in the works definitely has an edge to it…all the more reason for a light touch.. #obx #spring

Chelydra Serpentina Serpentina



Her name is Chelydra Serpentina Serpentina. Her pink tongue wiggles when under water to simulate a worm to attract a fish which then becomes breakfast. Her mouth opened now simply as a defense against me. An intruder in her space. She should know by now I am her friend. I’m a turtle/tortoise man since childhood. How do I know she is a she? Because this is egg laying time down here in the marshes of the outer banks. The only time you can see snappers out of the water and moving around on land is in spring for egg laying. The eggs don’t have much of a chance with fox and raccoons around. Yet some make it after 90 days of incubation. If by some miracle a baby does make it to the water and survive the first few years , then there are zero natural predators. However ,crossing the highway is not something these prehistoric looking creatures were hard wired to protect themselves against. So they are dependent on motorists like me who will stop the car and move them to safer ground. This full grown ( probably 30 lbs) female just showed up in my front yard about sunrise as I was having morning coffee. I did not mess with her because she didn’t appear to want to be messed with!! I wanted to point her in the right direction, yet she had a mind of her own and slid off into the bushes. I hope to meet her again next spring. #obx #easternsnapper



Soundside. #obx







Self publishing seems to be a wonderful thing, and I highly recommend it. Yet at some point a lot of books will arrive at your front door. Larry from FedEx has just brought me 700 pounds worth of Tell It Like It Is. The rest will stay in Italy where it was printed. Do I have space in my house for these? No. My house already looks like a factory anyway. Prints all over books all over. Larry from Fedex grew up in Norfolk not far from where I shot this book. On a straight line over that dune about 75 miles. I love books for showing work more than the Internet, yet my laptop only weighs a pound. Everything is a trade off. Still the smell of ink when I cut open these boxes will be intoxicating. Thanks Larry for your extra effort today. ‪#‎fedex ‬#obx ‪#‎burnbooks‬



Spring just brings the rain brings the light brings new life all around.#obx #nagshead

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all. Remembering mine in this vintage print from my 1958 family album. I was 14.



Just having a sunset beer on the pier and watching the weather. Which is pretty much the main thing to think about down here in the OBX #obx

Lyla and Ditto


Some think I travel all over the world. I do. At the same time I have a whole lot of home porch time and literally go nowhere for days. A hermit. Even in New York I stay home mostly. So here I am AGAIN shooting photos of my granddaughter Lyla and my black cat Ditto alias Blackbeard. I am home and focused now on one very big thing. The imminent release of Tell It Like It Is and its subsequent big print show at in June. Here on my porch test strips of the 60×40 inch silver gelatin prints I’m having made. It’s a massive undertaking and I won’t sleep again until June 15. I’m also printing in my darkroom. 8×10 fibre single grade silver prints from Tell It. To go with the 100 limited edition versions containing the print by me, a replica of the original book and 38 contact sheets and of course the new version of the book just printed in Treviso. Intended for serious collectors , museum and university collections. The new version of Tell It will of course be available as single copies as well at a modest price . I gotta cover my costs but a significant part of the profit for Tell It will go to the Liggins family who took me in almost 50 years ago and allowed me as a guest in their home. Also I will soonest be setting up a scholarship fund for young talented black photographers in the US. Book profit goes there too. Pay back pay forward. That’s my deal since forever. #tellitlikeitis #obx

Tom Waterworth


Iraq war vet Tom Waterworth, 33, on his back porch with his 7 week old son Reid in Richmond, Virginia . Tom was awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S.Army for his service in Iraq. Tom is now in the real estate biz in Richmond yet thinks often about Iraq. “I think the government needs to take better care of war vets. Help them to get on with their lives after they return from combat. It’s not easy to re adjust for most vets”..Mostly now Tom simply wants a peaceful life ahead for little Reid.@tommywaterworth #postcardsfromamerica #magnumphotos #monochrom

Richard and Bonnie


“I survived the Vietnam War without getting shot. I was a medic. So I come back home to Louisville and some punk kid shoots me in the back” says Richard whose wife Bonnie shows me the bullet hole entry. Ironically Richard is the key subject in one of the most famous of Life Magazine Vietnam War photos by John Olson during the Tet Offensive of Richard tending to a dying soldier. “I hated school so I joined the Marines after the 10th grade and went to war” says Richard. Like many vets, Richard’s life went awry after the war .He served 3 years in prison for multiple drunk driving charges before meeting Bonnie his wife of 28 years. “I stole her from another man she was married to who wasn’t treating her right. Went up to his house and just put her in the car and drove away”. ‪#‎postcardsfromamerica‬ ‪#‎magnumphotos‬ ‪#‎monochrom‬



Renee is feeling the spirit at First Friend Ministry. This Pentecostal church has no building of their own and they meet in a basement conference room in a hotel at the airport in Louisville, Kentucky. Feeling good on Sunday mornings is their objective. Said the pastor ” you gotta let the roots of your tree go deep when times are hard” Amen. #Pentecostal #postcardsfromamerica #magnumphotos #monochrom

Louisville, Kentucky


Louisville, Kentucky. Kyle Liburd and his 1 year old son Kaedyn hang out in their front yard right across the street from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Their vision of the Derby was simply to watch the spectators leaving at the end of the famous horse race. Kaedyn is just taking his first steps. The mood in this neighborhood, where it is unlikely anyone actually went in to see the races firsthand, was jubilant. Everyone in Louisville seems to enjoy the Derby regardless of physical proximity to the finish line. Magnum colleagues Martin Parr and Peter von Agtmael were with me shooting for Postcards From America, an ongoing Magnum group project with a book and exhibitions upcoming #Kentuckyderby #postcardsfromamerica #magnumphotos #monochrom


 Hanoi, Vietnam. I run with young boys into the New Years giant fire cracker bomb explosion which knocked us all flat. In celebration. This part of Hanoi was heavily bombed by the U.S. just before an American withdrawal in 1975. I went to Hanoi in 1976 for NatGeo. At that time there were no diplomatic relations with Vietnam, so I was pretty much on my own with writer Peter White. We were watched carefully but treated courteously. After all the war was over and they the victors. 40 years ago today an end. After more than 500,000 dead. Now Hanoi a major international tourist zone and Vietnam a friendly trade partner with their former enemies. ‪#‎Vietnam‬

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