Author Archive for david alan harvey

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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

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