Author Archive for david alan harvey

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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

Lois Liggins


An exhibition life sized test print hangs on my door at home. That’s Lois Liggins,7,in 1967. Lois and I are friends again now. She was the cover subject for the original Tell It Like It Is and now the cover for the new reprint coming any day now . I am starting to print for a show for the upcoming Look3 photo fest. I am hoping Lois, now 56, will join me at #look3 #tellitlikeitis

Sunday musings


Sunday musings. See story So I didn’t move today and for this picture taken just now I did not get out of my chair by the fire. The afternoon light always does amazing things in my house . Different every day. Here is Mike Halminski’s “Seashell” and some slides that need filing and my grandmother’s chair and pillows from India and woven women’s belts from Maya Guatamala and my dad’s sled and my photo from college and my nearly beyond repair fave porch swing..Not much going on here. Perfect. Sunday musings.

Four trees


Four trees. #leica #monochrom #storm #rio

Verona at midnight


Verona at midnight. #monochrom #verona

Carnaval, Brazil work


Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro. Part of a series of my Brazil work for Leica M magazine upcoming. Leica M9. ‪#‎Rio‬ ‪#‎carnaval‬ ‪#‎leica