Author Archive for david alan harvey

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Father and son


Father and son. The rulers of Dubai. Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan @faz3 and father His Highness Sheikh Mohammed watch the final horse race at the Dubai World Cup. Sheikh Hamdan, 32, is an avid adventure photographer as he travels around the world as an active ambassador for Dubai. Check out his IG account (4.2m) and you will see he is a skydiver, scuba diver, and horseman superior. This team never rests. Always on the move to mirror a positive image for Dubai and the UAE. I’ve just returned to the UAE. This time with an exhibition of my work now displayed in Sharjah at the Xposure Photo Festival. The UAE holds a special fascination for me especially since the culture is so different from Latin America where I most often work. The photographs of mine on exhibit now in Sharjah are eclectic in theme. The hospitality extended to me in both Dubai and Sharjah is the most extraordinary official hospitality in my life. I am a complete outsider, yet they have extended warm arms . I plan a book soon on the UAE “Up From Sand” a visual exploration of a young country rising very fast from the desert in less than 40 years . Unbelievable. Stay tuned for more photos from Dubai and Sharjah and keep your eye on my IG Stories.



Dried wedding flowers.




Bangkok. I start my Magnum photo workshop here on Saturday with a double header pop up gallery opening with my Magnum colleague Jacob Aue Sobol. If you are in Bangkok come to our artists talk at RMA Institute, 238 soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22, Klongtoey Road. 6pm. 2 weeks ago I was riding out a hurricane at home in the outer banks. Survived it. Jumped on a plane to Dubai and my exhibit opening in Sharjah. No time to breathe. Then another plane to Bangkok where for me now day is night and night is day. Jet lag supreme. I think since 5 hrs sleep is my norm, when the clock gets reversed it hits me harder than most. Anyway it’s a crazy life. From my front porch to literally around the world. As much traveling as I’ve done it still pretty much blows my mind. Yet now it’s time to focus on others. Their work their lives. A unique once in a lifetime experience. Compressed. Yet real pictures in real time. That’s the ultimate adventure. Come see us if you are in town.





Eugene Richards



Tonight I took my Burn workshop team to meet the iconic photographer extraordinaire Eugene Richards at his opening at the Bronx Documentary Center. I gotta tell you the BDC @bronxdocumentarycenter the coolest photo gallery in New York. In the original real New York. Gene’s show is stunning. A must see.

Kent series



From a series on 475 Kent. My building in Brooklyn has tales to tell. Check out @oliweirdtwist IG Stories for some workshop behind the scenes.




Gabi Perez is sliced by a piece of late afternoon light in my New York studio . She’s running the show at my photo workshop running all next week. Hence an afternoon prep and check. These New York workshop weeks always border on out of control. In a good way. Artists can’t be boxed. Must work the edges. That’s what I do in my life and work and mentoring. I view each workshop group as a whole new piece of clay. To be shaped totally dependent on who THEY are. My only job is to get them fired up. I don’t seek clones. I seek new voices. I think we will try to put the results online. Also keep your eye on Snapchat and IG Stories for a taste of the process.

Beach Road


Beach road. Salvo, Outer Banks NC.



I’m taking you with me via Instagram Stories on my journey in a few days to New York for my week long loft workshop. That’s always an adventure. Then to Sharja/Dubai UAE for my exhibition. Then to Bangkok ( photo here)for a Magnum workshop. See Magnum Photos website, EVENTS. So I’m still on my front porch ( see IG Stories) yet not for long. This is the sweetest weather of the year here and I’m leaving. Well I long ago realized it was very hard to be everywhere at once. Always tough choices. Come see me NYC or Sharja or Bangkok workshop. Or I’m back outer banks by end of November most likely. I want to finish shooting my BeachGames book in Thailand. These dancers backstage in Bangkok were part of my essay Dream Hotel. @magnumphotos #bangkok



A warm afternoon breeze flows through my New York studio. This will be the scene for my next photo workshop September 25-30. This is my second and last workshop in New York for 2016. We’ve got one space left for potential admission. Portfolio review and Facetime interview with me required. My goal with the NYC classes is to have students shooting their individual essays as well as being introduced to top curators, editors and iconic pro photographers alike. Link in my profile here. It works. The NY loft workshops always rock it. I try to do only 4 workshops per year in various parts of the world ( next is Bangkok) but the New York class is always one to remember. The whole point of my mentoring is to help photographers find their visual “voice”. This isn’t easy and not for the feint of heart. Yet in the world of photography today absolutely imperative IF you imagine publishing a book, getting a show, or receiving a top commission. Sure you can do all those things without mentoring. Some don’t need it. Yet most people need a push, a key, and a sense of who they really are as a creative person. I don’t teach from my past. I teach for NOW. I can only mentor if I’m also doing those very things many aspire to do. Can I guarantee your success? No of course not. Yet for those who really listen to my critique and shoot their heart out and push their freedom to the limit , they stand a very good chance. I certainly give the tools to do so. My former students have a great track record. We will produce a collaborative show at the end for special invited guests from New York photo land . If you can shoot with the best, you will be noticed by the best. A fresh breeze flows.