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Bangkok. Ladyboys prepare for a fashion show. For a collaborative book on Thailand involving 100 photographers spread throughout the country. My essay was on Bangkok nightlife. This is also a part of my “Dream Hotel” sequence, a one night fantasy.#bangkok #ladyboys #fashionshow #thailand#onedayinthelifeofthekingdom



Seoul, Korea. Part of my youth in Seoul essay for a @magnumphotos book. In some department stores there are photo studios set up for teenagers to have their photos taken in wedding dress or just dress up with clothes provided by the studio. I had not seen anything quite like this anywhere. Yet it was so fascinating I spent 2-3 days shooting. Pictures often have multiple uses for me. This was used in the Magnum book for its original intent , yet is also part of my Dream Hotel sequence in an entirely different context. My original intent as a pro magazine photographer was to be didactic to a mass audience. Now I prefer to have the work ask rather than answer. I think as audiences become more sophisticated the new young photographers will be compelled to write their own songs. Be mysterious. Tweak the imagination. Find their voice. #seoul #seoulnightlife



Photographing the young people of Seoul was my essay for the Magnum Korea book. The previous picture on this thread for the same. I hadn’t worked in Korea prior. Studied history and the demographics of course but the big jump for all who photograph cultures outside their own is to be sensitized to that culture. To feel it smell it breathe it. What makes them just like me in some ways and what makes them Korean. This is the real adventure. After this I was commissioned to do several Korea projects the most recent being Haenyeo: Angels of the Sea. My most recent book out in 2015. So I’m not usually a jump in jump out type. I stick with one topic for awhile. Often years. This picture was disconcerting when I took it and feels uneasy now. It’s odd. Yet it seemed very Korea to me at the time. #seoul #magnumkoreabook

Dream hotel


Seoul, Korea from my unpublished series “Dream Hotel”. A fictionalized sequence that only exists as a slideshow. A sketch of an abstract idea based on a real hotel where we stayed. I’m headed East in a few days, so I was simply looking at all my work from Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand. I’ll be shooting in Tokyo and Bangkok soon so I always like to review what I’ve done prior. #seoulnightlife



There’s a big hole in the roof of my darkroom. A water leak necessitated ripping the roof off and making repairs. Normal stuff. On the coldest day of winter so far of course. Yet winter is when I love the darkroom most. On a hot summer day I’m heading for bike and beach. Winter I work. My friend Scooter is doing the roof repair. Scooter goes way way back. I’ve known Scooter since he was a little kid and he’s not a little kid anymore. I write about Scooter in my book “Divided Soul” (Phaidon). Scooter is one of my heroes down here in the outer banks. Independiente. He can surf, sail, build anything, fix anything, and is heading off for winter vacation to an ” undisclosed location”… southern latitude for sure… Scooter single hands his 36 foot sailboat and routinely is off to the Bahamas leaving all of us behind including beautiful wife and daughter. Scooter needs his space. I get it. That is as long as he gets my roof back on first!

Portfolio review


I do portfolio reviews every day one way or another. I always tell myself I don’t have time to be looking at the work of emerging photographers, yet I always cave in. I just put myself in their place. Young photogs pop into my NY loft every afternoon I’m there and a few at OBX also . Yet mostly I do it this way. FaceTime combo their link. We can chat while I scroll through their pictures. Works. Still I’m a voracious shooter. No idea why. I hate computer time . So I’ve started shooting my online portfolio reviews. With permission of course. I do lots of little weird mini projects like this that just get buried in the long run. Still I love the process. Always leads somewhere unexpected. Nothing finer!

Happy bday Lyla


Happy Birthday to Lyla Maryanna Harvey!! 🎈Two years ago today she made me actually love the word grandfather. I am so proud of her and mostly of mom Michelle and dad Bryan who have set up a mutual model of parenting to only be admired. We were all just now shooting working playing in Puerto Rico. My son Erin was also with us. He’s set up winter camp in PR. Family on assignment has been my mantra my whole career, so this only continues my dream. Sweet Lyla points to the big surf rolling in. If she’s not a surfer girl (with a camera) I will be very surprised. For sure she’s always gonna be my model number one. I❤Lyla!

Happy New Year


Happy New Year 2016 🎉💥🎈#puertorico #beachgames #frigate #fujifilm



Isabela , Puerto Rico. Join me for a photo workshop in Puerto Rico in late February when it’s going to be freezing in northern latitudes! I’m doing a workshop for the first time in SanJuan because I just returned and it’s just a great place to shoot and learn. I’m doing all of my workshops now in places where I am working on my BeachGames book. Working side by side with students and getting pictures up on the wall day by day seems to work. We did it that way in Rio in early 2015 and will do so next in Puerto Rico and sometime later in 2016 in Thailand. Yet after just being in PR, I know what a great place it is for shooting, easy low cost travel, safe, and just terrific people and landscape. I will take 12 serious students max and a portfolio review is required. Keep your eye on (link in my profile) for details upcoming soonest. ‪#‎puertorico‬ ‪#‎coconut‬ ‪#‎fujifilm‬




Guanajuato, Mexico. I always love photographing cowboys and most especially in Mexico during a cabalgata when hundreds form a religious procession. This one somewhere between San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato city. These men ride hard, drink hard, and pray hard simultaneous. Their wives and children are also part of the mix, yet usually following in SUVs etc. If you are a gringo photographer you too will at least drink hard. The more you join, the more you will be accepted. At some point I did try the ride. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are an expert horseman which I am not. These days most have fiberglass saddles which are way way out of any “comfort zone” and walking afterwards could take a few hours of rehab. However this is something to see and live. There must be more fiestas of one kind or another in Mexico more than anywhere on the planet. Always a reason for a fiesta. Always a brass band. Always drums. Always an accordion. Always shots of tequila or mezcal or something you can’t really identify. Always so so much fun. Viva Mexico!!!#guanajuato #sanmigueldeallende #cabalgata