Author Archive for david alan harvey
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I have no clue how many hotel rooms I have checked into in 40 plus years traveling around the world camera in hand. Hundreds? Thousands? So I am surprised by little when I turn the key. However tonight my Korean hosts booked me into a hotel smack in the middle of an amusement park in the port city of Incheon. A first. Oh yea, another little surprise. My room is equipped with a rappelling kit for a fast exit out my window 8 floors up, in case the place catches fire. Hmmm, think I will settle for a carousel ride and some cotton candy before I crash.
Band on the run. I now have a two week commission to photograph sea coast life in Korea and help this Korean TV crew film me doing it. “In Frame” a tv doc series to come featuring 5 Magnum photographers: Alex Webb. Chris Steele-Perkins, Thomas Dvorzak, Patrick Zachmann all preceded yours truly on their own essays prior. Korean crew here are: Fixer, Lee Kyung Taek; Assistant to Director, Cho Yong Seong; Cameraman,Seo Jong Baek; and Producer, Lee Myung Woo. We get up at 4am and get to bed at 1am eating every meal, hours on the road, and sharing every experience together. Family we are as we share a one of a kind one time adventure.
Choong mu morning market. Busan, Korea.
475 Kent. The Kibbutz.
Oaxaca. Getting ready now to work on my book Song of Oaxaca. Shooting and mentoring students simultaneous. My fav combo.
where i live pampas grass is considered sort of “ornamental”….probably because it can grow and thrive here in the sand…in other places it is considered a noxious weed…in other places i have read that planting pampas grass in your front yard means that you are a “swinger”…well almost everyone in the outer banks has pampas in their front yard, and i am guessing there just are not that many “swingers” here….just my guess…anyway , as usual, pampas is in the eye of the beholder….i love it at sunset as here…i popped the in camera flash for this one…..
Last days of warm water swimming combo outdoor shower takes away the stuff that doesn’t really matter.
Photographer/activist David Gonzales plays with his Border Collie below the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
For those of you who will be in New York this coming Friday September 27th, I will be moderating a panel discussion along with BurnBooks editor Diego Orlando. on book publishing at the Photoville exhibition space in Dumbo. Photoville is an exhibition space right on the East River. I made this photo above while perusing the exhibitions of a wide variety of photographers set up in metal ship containers. A unique location and alternative way of looking at pictures to be sure.
Panelists set for the 45 minute presentation will include Chris Boot, CEO of Aperture; Chris Capozziello, self publishing photographer (featured on Burn with his essay The Distance Between Us); Olga Yatskevich founder of 10×10 Photobooks; and Nina Pollari, publishing projects specialist Kickstarter.
The open air freestyle nature of Photoville I think puts everyone in a relaxed informal atmosphere, and really takes advantage of the New York waterfront in a unique way.
Please come and hang. We look forward to meeting you.
Two of my photos left our solar system today and are now in interstellar space aboard Voyager. Two shots out of the 100 chosen to represent life on Earth. The only “message in a bottle” from our planet. I shot this picture of a father and his daughter in Malaysia while on assignment for NatGeo in 1976 and with my whole family in tow. The shot has been flying high for 35 years. Destination unknown!
Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, Va. Beach Va….my mother sort of “made me” go see what was up at this wildlife refuge…Not my thing really, but when your mother makes a suggestion and leans a bit , well you just do it!! Walked right in to this. This was also a double spread in NatGeo for an article on Virginia where I lived at the time. Thanks Mom. That picture went a whole lot further than we thought….
Video © by Photo Raw Magazine
My intent here was originally to write a whole long treatise on Jean-François Leroy. But I skipped that idea. He is of course the progenitor of Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. 25 years worth of photojournalism based exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and workshops. Café de la Poste, a local bar and sidewalk cafe, is where it all comes together for discussion after a Jean-François hosted super projected evening slideshow of the work of some of the world’s greats.
I need write little, because everything you need to know about Jean-François is in the video above. Yup, that’s him all right. Yet I also know a man who gave me my first European exhibition that resulted in the publication of Divided Soul. When I first joined Magnum I ended up in Paris in spring. Jean Francois had already offered me a show before I even met him.
At some point the man picks me up at my hostel on his BMW street bike and zips me through the streets of Paris like a madman. We ended up at the home of my friends Sebastão and Lelia Salgado for lunch. A nice way to spend the afternoon in a city that personally affected me so much with its art and its photographers. France and the French have always been good to me.
Jean-François is a man of conviction as you can view above. That is what he is. He is 100% dedicated to making Perpignan happen. His way. He needs sponsors and he gets sponsors, yet he bends to none. He told me recently “Everybody told me I could not do this. That made me do it”. I get that. Do I always agree with his choice of shows? No. He and I often disagree about pictures. He leans almost total hard core photojournalism, and I lean documentary/art combo.
Yet so what? I love what he does DO. I never worry about what people do not do as long as they are doing SOMETHING really well. Jean-François has my respect and my friendship. I salute also all the fine photographers and editors who have contributed to Visa Pour L’Image. Viva!!
If you have never been to Perpignan (that’s what we really call it) you must go. A social scene that is THE hangout, along with a whose who in photoJ and more good shows than you will have time to see. For the emerging photographer you will see what you are up against. You will see your competition. Reality.
And buying a beer for a top picture editor will only get you a thanks but not a job. However, you can show your work to any number of top editors and picture agencies. So you CAN get your foot in the door if you have an armful of great work. That’s all it takes.
Jean-François is gonna kill me for not being there this year. I want to kill myself for not being there this year. Forget the excuses I have. Let’s just say I could not. My super big heartfelt apology mon ami. And ahhhh Café de la Poste. No better hang. Next year for sure!!
Happy 25th Jean-François Leroy. You be the man.
NatGeo picture editor at the Image Collection, Ashley Morton stretches by the fire pit in my back yard.
Ashley assisted me many years ago in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico before aiming for NatGeo. We have remained friends for at least ten years. Together with my long time amigo Lance Rosenfield, Prime Collective coop, who I also met in San Miguel, we have enjoyed the long weekend last days of summer.