Author Archive for david alan harvey

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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

Life As Art






Bryan Harvey at my house in the afternoon light. I shoot anyone who stops by in that light. Bryan lives two houses down. With my faves Michelle and Lyla. Bryan is my number one advisor. He cuts me no slack. For my own good. Bry is an artist who makes films and designed my book ( based on a true story) to many accolades for design. Soon to be an iBook app. Bryan mostly wishes the surf was up today. He lives for those waves. @bryanharveyfilms

Cups and coffee


I don’t really drink lots of coffee yet I pour lots of cups of coffee. Few are ever actually finished. So here at the end of the day I have a ridiculous lineup of half full half empty coffee cups lined up on my porch railing. And all over the house too. In the car. Around the yard, under trees, and in the darkroom. Makes no sense. I have a fresh pot brewing right now. Smells amazing.

Family snapshot


Spring weather makes it impossible for me to leave home and impossible not to just take family snapshots. Isn’t that what spring is for? Lyla is on her own and can move FAST and requires constant surveillance from Michelle and Bryan. My role is easy. Just stay out of the way!

Happy Earth Day


Garden lights and wisteria. #EarthDay

Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode

Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode

Kathy Ryan, Dir of Photography, NYTimes Magazine and Scott Thode editor/ curator at large. At home. These two have just given me the show of a lifetime at this June. A triple whammy three part show. Brazil, Tell It Like It Is and Haenyeo Angels of the Sea. 50 60×40 prints. Killer. IF I can get it all done. Is this honor from Kathy and Scott a straight call? Hell no. It’s an inside job. We are long time friends. Point is, make good friends when you are young and before you become who you might be. Those are the people who know you. Thanks amigos

Contact sheets


My new version of “Tell It Like It Is” from 1967 is printed and bound. Ready for distribution and sale soon. I am only waiting for the components of the 100 copies only edition. There will be in the limited edition all 38 contact sheets, a darkroom silver gelatin print made with great care by me, an exact replica of the original $2. booklet and the new book itself. An assemblage intended for collectors and universities. A scholarly package.This work is of the Liggins family photographed by me in the summer of 1967. Retro in a way and brand new in another way. 50% of the new book has pictures not included in the original booklet. So it’s truly a discovery even for me. I re edited after 48 years of not even seeing the contact sheets. What I love most about this is my reuniting with the Liggins family after all these years. Lois Liggins will join me at Festival of Photograph for the 32 print exhibition. Join Lois and me and the whole BurnMagazine team. @look3festival #tellitlikeitis #burnmagazine

Mr. Skater


Mr. Skater, Anthony Smallwood, @brokensquare, his board in a goodbye gesture, leaves my loft this morning. Tony has a book to do. For years he’s been documenting pool skating in Washington DC. Maybe you know what pool skating is, maybe you don’t. Yet for sure it ends up a fascinating documentary for skateboarders as well as for folks who had no idea about a group of skateboarders who use satellite imagery to find abandoned swimming pools and then go clean them and yes skate them. Cool stuff. BurnBooks will publish this book later this year. Stay tuned. #BurnBooks #475KentAve #poolskating

Afternoon light


@vbley @sunnykhalsaphoto I love this building. Step out your front door and head for the rooftop on a mild day and you’re gonna make a new friend. So it was as I was hiking up to the roof that I found these two professional artists doing a shoot. The afternoon light makes every floor a photographers dream studio.

Magnum Collectors Circle dinner


Magnum Collectors Circle dinner last night at Milk Studios. A round of applause for Elena Glinn representing her husband Burt Glinn whose lifetime of work was exhibited. His pictures of Fidel Castro, Andy Warhol, and Bridget Bardot jumped out along with his brilliant street photography ‪#‎magnumphotos‬

The Kibbutz


I will spend this week in New York. “The Kibbutz”, my NYC home for about 7 years may become a real photo focus for me. A few other Magnum photogs have lived here but now it’s only @christopherandersonphoto, @michaelchristopherbrown and myself. It’s a classic loft ex light factory building sitting right on the East River with an amazing rooftop view of Manhattan. Characters live here. It’s a community. That won’t last. Developers will kill this place sooner rather than later. So I might start shooting in earnest. Today there was an elevator shaft fire and I took this picture of passersby. Never a dull moment at The Kibbutz.

Outside of Venice…


Somewhere outside of Venice.



 My living room is a mess. The kind of chaos where I thrive. Pictures all over the floor. Pictures all over the tables and chairs and taped to the walls. We are swimming in pictures. Kaya and I are making a dummy for my upcoming zine BeachGames. Runs to the copy shop, pizza ordered in, fresh spring breeze, doors all opened and a fire going just to have a fire going. This is no way to do a dummy. Best to start on a wall. Yet the mood hit and so we just started doing it. These hand crafted dummies become one of a kind objects. Rough. Ragged. Raw. This work from Rio is brand new and all from the last 10 months. Fast work. Not to be put on a pedestal. Yet I hope I will draw you in. Force you to feel it too. The whole point of all my work. So it’s very fortuitous that simultaneously I am publishing Tell It Like It Is my reprint from 1967 and BeachGames from a few weeks ago. Both large print exhibitions at in June. So I am putting in long days long nights. The spring breeze brings energy. It’s always about the energy. #beachgames #obx #BurnBooks






Kaya Lee Berne, my all around keep my life straight first assistant, has come to my home to help me set my darkroom for the 100 8×10 prints I will personally print for the limited edition version of my upcoming Tell It Like It Is. While we are mixing chemicals for the darkroom we are here testing the Leica Monochrom up against the Fuji x100T set on b&w mode. This Instagram shot is the Monochrom shot which does have a file the Fuji cannot match . Right out of the camera the monochrome looks like an exhibition print yes even on the screen. Done deal. BUT I will bet the Fuji would compete if it was a monochrom — minus those filters. Fuji file great and if you didn’t see the Leica you would be pleased. Leica has very slow buffer. Fuji super fast. Leica expensive. Fuji a great deal. Anyway we are all b&w mode for the moment. #obx #leica #monochrom #tellitlikeitis