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Emerging Photographer Fund 2012

© Alejandro Chaskielberg, EPF winner 2009

We are now officially announcing the Emerging Photographer Fund award for 2012.

We will now award $15,000. as three different grants.  We are trying to spread the love a bit.

Burn will give $10,000. to one photographer,  and two smaller grants of $2500. each . Three awards instead of one.

Each intended to get a photographer going, and with efforts on our part to create more funding to finish an essay  depending on what the photographer produces.

The whole point of these grants is to support emerging photographers in our craft. All types of photographers. This is not a photojournalism grant, nor an art photographers grant, but could be garnered by either or both. We just want to support committed authored photography of any ilk. Please click here  and see who has secured this grant in the past and who our jurors have been.

The deadline for entry will be May 15, 2012 (6pm EST). No extensions for any reason.

Current edition jurors are Stephen DuPont, Jim Goldberg, Sarah Leen, Bill Marr, Arianna Rinaldo, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb.

In 2011 we will have published here on Burn at least 50 of those who enter and feature in advance of the announcement of the recipient at least 20 finalists.

Our Burn finalists can be published in print via Burn 01 and Burn 02  and of course we have already Burn 03 as a limited edition magazine/book in our head.

behind the scenes – the rio book edit

The cool little video clip above by maestro Pete Longworth really is the way it is around my loft right now. Creative juices flowing the way they SHOULD always flow but rarely do. Along with doing my own work, my number one priority, is  to mentor those who seek to marry art, craft, and daily life into one holistic experience. Check this clip out. It is where we are right now with my RIO edit and with the overall mood of Burn. Pete shot this straight up , no staging, fast edit. We are going to do more behind the scenes video to show you when it seems either entertaining or educational or both. Stay tuned.

Music By: Peter Goetz

My place right now. Saturday afternoon and Janet is cleaning for me. Steady stream of collaborators requires high maintenance, lots of cold beer and an open mind. Everybody here is helping me. Eva Kunz flew here from Italy to coordinate printing, Susan Welchman editor on RIO for NatGeo  came up to add some of my latest work to her mix, Chris Bradley, Creative Director of RGA who caught a cab here from across the river, and Kaya Berne one of my digital assistants came up from Virginia where she lives and our connections are on Skype. A few Burnians are dropping by. If you are in the hood come on over. Better bring some beer or wine though because honestly we are busy. We even forgot to eat for two days last week.





Sydney Photo Fest

We are working around the clock to make this happen. This being an exhibit of the recently photographed ONE NIGHT IN RIO and the book/portfolio to launch simultaneous.  I will probably be here in my NY loft night and day for three weeks . Sequencing, choosing paper stock, size, interplay between photos etc etc.

The RIO book/portfolio is going to be unique. Unbound, unfettered, interactive. The limited edition will have an archival print and comes in a hand crafted box made in Rio. Finely printed by the best in Italy. For those of you interested in the special edition of this  book please contact me directly:

If you are anywhere near Australia in May or have been thinking of an Australia adventure, now is the time. The HeadOn Photo Festival is going to be buzzing. There are  many great exhibitions including a very special exhibition of BURN 02. Our very own Imants Krummins is going to be mounting a small exhibition of his students in Sydney. I will be doing a one week photo essay class at Bondi Beach. Anyway, check it all out. We will keep you updated on additions to this program.


Smoke Break

Hanging. Supposed to be writing a piece for NatGeo on what goes on beyond this porch in OBX.  Yet this is about as far as I can get into the world of writing. Posting on Burn, which I doubt is considered writing. Chris Bickford and Jennifer Kolb take a smoke break after our pizza and beer. The sun flies through the sky down here. No sooner do I get up, than it is so quickly afternoon. That is just the way it is.


This week we have been exploring the first in an upcoming series on our biz decision makers and the process of getting published . There are many ways of course, but seems best if I take you into my real world of publishing right now. Not to say “this is the way”. Merely to show you this is one way. Simply  an example of a certain kind of creativity. Not the only kind. Just one kind.

Anyway I have taken you with me where I was going anyway. To NatGeo where I had a story coming up for approval. So I had a conversation with NatGeo Editor Chris Johns, and later with Creative Director Bill Marr and yesterday with Senior Photo Editor Sarah Leen. I hope I got all those titles right!! Today Chris approved the layout that Bill, Sarah, and I had been working on all weekend. Nothing is real in my world til my mother has a copy on her coffee table. Yet things look good and things look as above so for those readers who voted for the lead picture, the fish won!! Yet neither the  wave shot  nor the surfboard picture “lost” for they conclude the piece which  makes it more poignant I think.

Yes, I am telling you that the readers of Burn actually had the ears of the editors of NatGeo. For real. How much influence? I will never tell, but you did matter. Anyway, for whatever it is worth , nothing like this ever happened before. NatGeo doing exclusives on another site? Burn Magazine? Not even on their own NatGeo site. So honestly we are honored.

This OBX essay is a very straightforward little slice of old fashioned Americana. Very uncomplicated unobtrusive photos. Probably a fantasy. All documentary photography, yet still a sort of  fantasy for me personally. This is NOT a photo essay of the whole outer banks of North Carolina. These pictures were taken just off my front porch. Almost literally. All of these pictures are no more than a 30 minute bike ride from my front door. One even taken FROM my front door!! How cool is that?

I think the appeal for NatGeo readers for a personal story is just that even for me it is interesting, having traveled all over the world with my camera as a brush or pen, that I came back to where I started. Honestly, I could literally live anywhere in the world I choose. I have looked at the menu. I have been to some of the very best countries and cities and places much “better” than OBX. Yet home just pulls. More than all of the other forces. I guess it’s the smells and specific bird songs and the wind and the ever dominant dangerous and peaceful sea.  Right now I look out now on a windy cold rainy miserable day. Seems perfect.

This picture above was just taken on my iPhone with lighting assistance from my friends Frank and Dawn (who were previous Comic Book characters, remember?)..Yes, I have left Washington and am at home. OBX. I am supposed to be writing the story to be integrated with the picture spreads above . Yet what am I doing?  Yup, avoiding writing. Yes,  drinking beer with my friends, sitting by the fire, and posting here on Burn. Is this just getting me in the mood?

See the problem?

dah at home working on OBX text ….photograph by Frank Overton Brown III


Sarah Leen, Senior Photo Editor, has been the Magazine editor most involved with this story. She has been shepherding this story since day one. Sarah was a working photographer for 26 years with over 15 stories published in NG prior to evolving  into an editorial role. So she knows whats up.

A question in comments here from Sam Harris prompted this answer from Sarah

Thanks everyone for all your incredibly intelligent and thoughtful comments. This has been not only lots of fun but a real education for us in so many ways and we at NGM truly appreciate your participation in our first effort to open up our story process to the larger photographic community.
I will try to answer some of your questions (and yes Sidney I did work with John Stanmeyer on the Malaria story we did a few years ago. Thanks for remembering that one!)

Sam, the process in general goes something like this. A new story idea comes in from a photographer, writer or someone on the staff. It gets reviewed by an Executive Team of Editors, including our fearless leader Chris Johns (see David’s interview in an earlier post.) Once the idea has been approved it goes to the story team that has a Photo Editor, a Text Editor, a Designer and maps, graphics and research staff. And of course the photographer and writer.
Then the photographer and I do more research into the idea and make a plan for how to cover it photographically and also rough out a budget. (We collaborate with the assigned writer and text editor on the overall direction of the piece from the beginning.) Then we have what we call a “pitch meeting” where the story team presents our plans to Chris and his Executive Team. At the pitch we get feedback on our plans and hopefully the greenlight to proceed. If its a yes we submit the budget, get that approved and away we go.

In the field I communicate with the photographer as needed. Some photographers like alot of communication, send in jpgs for feedback, lots of back and forth, others are lone wolves and you have to go looking for them. The photographer sends in ALL images to the Photo Editor at the completion of each trip, and in RAW form if its digital. (This can be thousands of frames.) I do look at every frame. The photographer also does their own edit which I combine with mine. We value and want their input at every stage. Its a real partnership and one of the things I most loved about working here as a photographer.

Once I have gone through all the images and have a rough edit the photographer and I will often continue to edit together using some screen sharing program to get it down even further. Sometimes we edit the whole story this way especially if they live abroad. If they are more local we bring them in to finish the edit and create what we call either the Halfway Show or the Final Show, depending on length of story, how many trips, etc.
The Shows are presented to the Executive Team and story team. If its a Halfway we discuss how we plan to continue and finish, what’s missing, etc. Also get feedback from the team and find out from the Editor if we are delivering the story he wants. If its a Final we generally proceed to layout and start the process you have just been witnessing.

The layout process is the culmination of months of effort and can be so much fun but also heartache as you have to make tough decisions about what stays or goes. And there are only so many pages to play with. Also there are different ways you could put it together and it would look good. Then we present the layout to the Editor and team. That will happen tomorrow afternoon with OBX. Chris can then approve it as is or want some changes. He may see images we left out he wants back in or a different lead or ending. I value these meetings and hope new ideas bubble up and we can make it even better than it already is.

David’s OBX is a bit unique as it’s more of a personal essay about OBX than a reportage about the Banks. Its personal yet it still reflects OBX to anyone who knows the place. I myself have waffled back and forth about what should be the lead. But I always try to make decisions from a place somewhere in the center of my body that responds almost physically to an image I like. I use my brain to keep me on track journalistically but I try trust my heart and guts about the photography.

Sorry this has been so long but I hope I have answered your questions in general. And thanks again for participating. Once Chris decides on the lead we will let you all know. Then you will just have to wait till June to see the whole story!!


We are showing you now the “next step” ..Three versions of three opening spreads. You can see just by moving things around a bit, it changes the whole mood and feel. We are not going to show you any deeper into the story, because we want to still surprise you a bit in June when the story is published.   We also need to surprise the Editor Chris Johns when he will either approve or have his own ideas on what direction we should take. There is no free lunch. These are the layout challenges of print. Picture choice and sequence needing to fit into an 18 page slot in the Magazine. Of course, simultaneous with the NatGeo Magazine publication of this essay will be an all inclusive version for your iPad.

Next week we will let you know which opening Chris chose.

I will find out when you do. Right now, I am getting on my horse and riding out of town. Down to my OBX front porch. To write the text for this piece, and to just enjoy my favorite spot on the planet.


I am NOW in the layout room of National Geographic Magazine. We are making decisions on which pictures will be included in my Outer Banks article coming up in June. You are going to help. You are going to help us pick the lead/opening shot . We are going to give you three choices. Pick one. Stay tuned. Next picture up with the three choices will be coming very soon.

Pictured here is Bill Marr, Creative Director, who is taking his weekend time along with Senior Photo Editor Sarah Leen to take this from a collection of pictures, to a publishable essay for Nat Geo.

The 3 photos with OBX type up at the top are what we are thinking for the opening shot. Which one of the 3 would you pick?

Young Blood

I am shooting w my phone at lunch. Now.For those of you out there who want to know who is getting those projects and assignments that many think are impossible to secure from top media companies. Well here they are: Kitra , 23, who just did the remarkable essay The Teenage Brain for NATGEO and Cory Richards, 22, who produced the high adventure film “Cold” , Sender Films .. These are the young stars . First go look at their work.. Then ask them how they did it .. Right here , right now here on Burn.

Front Porch No. 3

FRONT PORCH NO. 3    by dah

Happy Ending

Hi David,
Exciting news! The photo of mine from the workshop that you ran on Burn was used in Life magazine’s 2012 year in pictures special issue. The caption has some really nice things to say about the picture as well. I would never have this photo if you hadn’t told me that my photo of sleeping protesters from the day before sucked and I should keep working it. So thank you, and I’m pleased to say that the investment in the class last fall has already started paying for itself, financially, professionally and spiritually.

Hope all is going well. I really enjoyed reading the updates on Rio online, and can’t wait to see the book when it’s done.

Cheers & happy new year

Andy Kropa



I have been trying to get this job done for about 7 years. Get my archive, that was stored in a garage in downtown Washington, a bit closer to my home.  A long but rollicking ride from D.C. to OBX with an old friend and a multi media intern ended with getting all my stuff in one place.

I took pictures and found old pictures. My excuse for little heavy lifting.

An old case I had not seen for about 40 years was opened. Not by me, but by one of my helpers. Gold. The picture on the right, shot when I was 19 or 20 and accepted to a juried show at the Va. Museum of Fine Arts, and what I considered to be my first successful picture was found today along with a “second”. Yes, to the left here, my first print of the situation. Later changing my find for the mounted photo above. You can see the same boy far left in the tattered picture with four children.

An even more truly serious find. My original fiber prints from Tell It Like It Is. I did not even know these still existed until today. Thought these prints were lost. 40 years lost. Yes, I must say beautifully carefully printed by me in the darkroom set up not far from where I was shooting. Back in 1967. As Bruce Davidson himself pointed out to me were shot 4 years before East 100th Street.  I was shooting by day and printing by night. Obsessed.


I am not sure how many times I moved as a kid, but it was a lot. My stuff has been packed up and moved from one space to another so many times that I honestly would have to spend some serious time thinking about it to come up with a number. Sometimes multiple moves even in the same city. So since I starting accumulating negatives, slides, prints, you know pictures I wanted to keep, I have moved dozens of times. Somehow from those earliest years until today everything is intact. Sort of. It is all there, but where is it? This is the problem. Lots of hasty moves. Cardboard boxes full of treasure in some cases, and marked on the outside with magic marker “selects” or “look again”. Nightmare. Yet today , as seen in the sequence above , treasure. Not for anyone else , but for me.

We just got everything moved in. I plan to rent a small house at the beach. Get all my stuff there. And offer work/study programs to say 5 young photographers, to come an help organize my archive in exchange for a great place to live at the beach and a full on career workshop for them. Evaluate their portfolios, get them going on projects, help them edit, and generally mentor as I most often do.

Road Trips was my personal diary. Burn has been set up to feature this audience. Yet many from this audience have asked me to jump in with my own work just a bit more. Yet when I decided to take an online audience with me while I shot in Rio last month   I took that effort away from Burn and on to its own site. The good vibes and karma were so good with riobook that I thought I might try  a bit more mix and match here on Burn. Just more of what most folks are asking for. Solid photography from emerging photographers and insights into process. This is what worked so well on riobook.  If you were not there, honestly you missed something. Matter of fact , many are signing up now even though they know the day by day is finished, it still stands as a unique experience. An authentic experience. No way to manipulate they way it all came down.

Yet the emphasis here on Burn is still you. Burn 01 and Burn 02, our print magazines, will be followed by Burn 03. You should try to get your work in 03, the place to be.

We are also in the dreaming planning stages for SURFING WORLD. Yes, the art of the art of surfing. A book about surfing for surfers and non surfers alike. Martin Parr will shoot some of it. Top notch surf action photographers will shoot some of it. Maybe one of you can convince me to let you shoot part of it. Show me what you can do and I am up for anything.

We are also planning  a handsome book SOUTH AMERICA, a group essay shot by 80% South American photographers. It will not be what you imagine. I will be looking at portfolios soonest.

In the wings for new books are Laura El Tantawy for  IN THE SHADOW OF THE PYRAMIDS, Panos Skoulidas for DEATH IN VENICE, and an epic by Jukka Onnela and few nice surprises to be announced soonest.

Our Emerging Photographer Fund grant of $15,000. will be announced soonest. The new emphasis on the EPF grant will be to do work for Burn. Rather than a reward for past work, the shift will be to create new work , then to be  published on Burn. More of a commission than a award.

This coming May , Burn  Magazine will have an exhibition at the HeadOn Festival in Sydney, Australia alongside my own One Night in Rio. I will be doing a workshop at Bondi Beach at the same time, and I have asked Imants Krumins to curate a small show featuring young Australian photographers under 18.

So I am trying to keep things interesting for all of us.  It is only the right frame of mind and the right karma and the right space and the right place and the right mood that well makes things right…feel good, feel right….be right.

We will never get there, but we will always be on our way….

Peace, dah





My House Right Now Outer Banks 9:24pm


Two things going on here. First , this crew got my archive from a garage in Washington, loaded it into a super size uHaul truck and got it to here tonight. We unload in the morning. Second thing, I just wanted to test the iPhone email system direct to Burn. I want to do some fast posts from various locations as I did on Riobook. Spontaneity. I am often either in interesting places or with folks in the biz who may interest you and the technology allows for instant communication. Of course I will not post every two minutes. But just as with Instagram  (my favorite place to publish) I do not “go anywhere” to take my phone shots. I rarely go more than 15 feet away from wherever I am to take a phone picture.

Why is my old old old Magazine Photographer of the Year trophy on the dashboard of my truck? Egocentric behavior syndrome? No , it just fell out of a tattered cardboard box today as I was moving boxes stored for years down to my Carolina home. I never displayed “awards”. I only cared about the pictures. The University of Missouri columns bronzed as here , I do not care about. The school yes, I am an alum. The award yes, I had a good year. So it is irony beyond irony that these columns are coming home. Would make a good tie rack.

photo boy

This was by far my best photo job. Ever. Both Magnum and NatGeo pale by comparison. The Virginia Beach Photo Service. We sold tourists pictures in little telescopic plastic viewers. 2 for $2. , 6 for $5. Deal. I was 19 in this shot. This job helped me learn to talk to strangers. This shot was the lead picture we showed to NatGeo editors this morning for my Outer Banks story coming up in June.Why this shot for NG? Because this is a personal journey. I fell in love with this shore as a young man. Because of my work I have been able to live imaginable fantasy times ten, and get a Phd of life on each project, and being blessed with being able to have as a life instrument my little Leica, I have chosen to come back to these shores as my home. Not my retirement home. Photographers only retire when they die. Just my home. My feel good spot. No matter where I am in the world I fantasize my front porch. Smells right. OBX , come see me…

Editor National Geographic

This is the entrance to National Geographic and this is the Editor of National Geographic Magazine. Yes, Chris Johns a field photographer with “more than 20″ published essays to his credit who became THE editor of NatGeo. We are on our way to his office after being cleared by 7 year security officer D’Won Addison, 35, who grew up right here in Washington and served in the U.S. Army. Chris hung up his cameras and now has an elegant office with a nice view of downtown Washington and about 5 blocks from the White House. Johns has a power job. You will read my exclusive interview with him right here on Burn just as soon as I can get it transcribed. He will tell you from his viewpoint what it takes to make it as a photographer shooting for a major magazine.  Stay tuned.


Sometimes you just do not want to be finished. Sometimes you could just roll on along. For awhile longer. Just a bit more.

This is the second time I have had an assignment from National Geographic to do a story on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Back in the late 80’s I did an overall coverage of the outer banks . However, this essay is personal. Plus I will do the text. OBX is an example of both the best and worst of man’s use of a fragile environment. Honestly, it would probably best if nobody lived on these constantly moving shores. Home to  folks who have just decided that just where they shouldn’t be is just where they wanna be. Misfits, fishermen, surfers and pirates. Folks like me.

I think you are looking at around 40 photographs above which represents the final editing. Down from thousands of clicks to  the 40 picks we  will show tomorrow.  This 40 will then come down even further to about 12 that will be published.  The result of two years off and on photographing right from my front porch. Sometimes literally. I have traveled around this lonely planet quite a few times for NatGeo….my university to the world….the only real education i have. My official formal education is  imperfect…Yet the  life of steeping in a subject is more than perfect.

This recent work on my life by the sea will be presented to Chris Johns, Editor NatGeo,  on Thursday. Presentations at NatGeo are hard to describe. So much is riding on these shows that anyone who did not say they were more than nervous when getting ready to present would be lying. Months of work is being decided on. Stories can die right at this meeting. I have had stories killed. Nothing personal. The story might just not work. Everybody, the very best, have had work which needed help or hit the cutting room floor so to speak.

Rare air has its price.

What I want to do this week and part of next on Burn is to meet the decision makers. The editors. The ones who decide who gets an assignment , who does not, and why. Chris Johns is a super pro NatGeo photojournalist and natural history photographer who is now THE Editor of the Magazine. The first pro photographer to hold such a position. I will interview Chris for you next week. Maybe he will even answer a question or two for you,  but I cannot promise. During the upcoming days I will introduce you to several editors starting with Senior  Photo Editor Sarah Leen who is the editor for my OBX story and also an example of a long time NG field photographer who six years moved inside to make a difference. Sarah is a mentor for many photographers. Both emerging and established alike.

Photographers  always work hand in hand with a picture editor at NatGeo. Someone who watches over the whole process. This editor works closely with the photographer helping with research, coordination with the writer, and a support to the whole visual side of the story all the way through the layout process. To make sure there is a usable coverage, to make sure the creative juices are flowing , in effect a “coach” a “guide” a “director”  to help the photographer just get it done. No small task. This varies from photographer to photographer and from story to story depending on many factors.

I will let the editors tell you how THEY think about it.

I feel good about this down home story. A personal diary of sorts. My best pictures? I always think I should have done better. I just feel good about having a chance to give some a  taste, a compelling reason  for why I feel exhilarated by this land. Yes, this land, this sand, this drifting dune I have chosen after banging around the world to hell and gone.

After doing the Rio book bit online, I realized how fascinated people are by the process. The motives. The USE of photography becomes way way more important than the photography part of photography.  See my best explanation of process here. For real.

Anybody can speak the photographic language now, as we use any commonly spoken language, yet alas there are  only a few poets among all the correctly speaking. So I love these new challenges , these new ways of telling the stories we all want to hear.

Technology changes fast, yet  surely the desire to hear or see or feel an amazing  recollection, a compelling  story, a colorful representation, a honest portrayal,  will not change.

In an effort to give this audience what I think is the most educational things we can do here on Burn , I will do more process stories. Stories about who did what and how in hell they did it. Stories about the decision makers from several top magazines and newspapers Starting now with NatGeo , but moving soon to The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, and on and on to give you some insight into the process for contemporary print and online magazines in terms of commissioning work. Talking to editors who are looking for the next super talents.

Burn will always be stories told  from this audience and from legends alike. The same mix of 75% emerging photographers, 25% icons will roughly hold. We will  do more commissioned assignments leading towards Burn 03 (later in 2012) and I think all of you know there will be a Burn show in Sydney, Australia paralleling the opening of One Night In Rio at the Australian Center of Photography in May of 2012.

I have way more to tell. Yet I find one idea at a time is best here on the net. I will be back in the next few days to suggest more to come, and of course to always listen to your thoughts. Well, most of them :)


I took this picture the day after Christmas . I was playing dominos with my mother, when I noticed the light hitting just right on her wedding day picture. A very small simply framed b&w shot from a random off the street commercial photographer in San Francisco where my parents were married without ceremony as my father went off to war. Not an unusual set of circumstances for a couple of Iowa farm kids who fell in love in high school and took what came their way. I was born in San Francisco two years after this 1942 picture.

For 59 years these two had the most amazing relationship. For real. Alan and Maryanna met at Moville High School. She fell in love with  him because he was tall, handsome AND he had a car she says.  Oh yes, their parents became friends too, lived nearby, had same life. So how many reasons do you need?

My father passed right in this house on Christmas day 2000, family gathered to say goodbye, about a year after my mom and I got into this now 12 year old super competitive dominos marathon. We keep score. In detail. She is 6 games up after all this time. We are a game playing family, with me losing most games most of the time. I travel the world. Lots of adventure. Yet hanging here, with family, is THE  place to be. I have never missed a Christmas at home,  often leaving “important” assignments to do so.

Right after I took this shot, my mom said “Oh David, you had better move that picture out of the light. It might fade”.

I don’t think so mom, I don’t think so.


38 Responses to The Wall as of December 19th

  1. Gerhard says:

    Phenomenal! Have a safe trip back!
    Happy Holidays to the whole team!

  2. Charles Peterson says:

    Great looking “wall.” Lots of fantastic images not seen before. I get the feeling that there are still many for you to “discover” as the edit begins in earnest – as some fall out of favor they might be replaced by some overlooked in the intensity of being too close, or as the “story” matures. Fun process….

    I like the police car (albeit with different type treatment – maybe at the top for that one) and the beach ball for covers with the bejeweled hand around the shoulder a close runner up. The Yemanja photo would make for a great back cover to contrast the front. Actually the hand around the shoulder with the Yemanja for the back make a great pair – similar gestures but in entirely different milieus.

    To be frank, my least favorite pictures from the month I’ve seen are the dress shopping ones – they look really posed to me, and not posed in the sense that the other posed ones are obviously posed and therefore work in a direct aware manner. My 2 cents (for now) :)

  3. ch13 says:

    there are some photos in there we haven’t seen before – looks great, love the editing. I had a great time following along David…always, always something to learn. And just an fyi, your Rio mag motivated me to finally get on with creating a magazine for some people I spent some time with earlier in the year – they loved it – and I got it done before xmas! I’m looking forward to the book.


    Chris H

  4. Herve says:

    Have a safe trip home, David, catch some sleep and hopefully, the workshop is not over, since there is much to learn from the process between now and the book. That was the idea too, no? (cannot remember)..

    Merry Xmas to anyone in Brazil who got close to you by less than a foot and more than a minute!!!

  5. jsinclair says:

    Great learning process for me! It’s been informative seeing how you approached this.
    In one way, it’s simply restating what you’ve tried to teach your students all along but some of us…me…learn by seeing it done. One thing that stands out is how much weight some photos take on when paired with others. I love your stand alone work and many of your images have that power, but when they are combined with others…the layers your’re building really work for me! Love what this is becoming!

  6. Carlo says:

    Great looking wall….and all of it only from this trip. That is almost hard to believe!
    Really really looking forward to the book. I was in the bookshop last night and came across divided soul. Saw your Brazil photos in there and these do not look the same. True to what you say about not repeating yourself.
    Safe travels and hope to hear from you soon!

  7. eva says:

    Yet another wall, plus glimpses on ‘Wrap Party’.. I admit, I’m rooting hard for some of the pictures to make it.. will be interesting to see the final edit..

    As for the cover, while the carnival pictures are great, esp. like the one with Renata and Roberta, Rio and night and carnival is such an obvious combination that I, if it was mine, would avoid it.. but it is not, and that’s just good so.. really looking forward to see what a little time will bring..

    Hope you packed your socks, it’s winter on this side of the globe!!

  8. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Phenomenal. Unbelievable, quite frankly, and I’m speechless (for a change). Impossibly hard to select down, to edit. I hope we’ll be in on that process and if not, that you’ll have a show in London as well as New York and Sydney!!! :-)

  9. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    An not forgetting a BIG show in: RIO DE JANEIRO (maybe to coincide with the Olympics?)!

  10. Frostfrog says:

    Never seen a wall like this before.

    The question that keeps bothering me is how do I incorporate the lessons learned here into trying to put some kind of cap on the really rather immense but still terribly incomplete package of work I have been creating in the Arctic and encapsulate it into the book that very much needs to be made, soon.

    I have no idea. No idea at all.

  11. Milli says:

    Frostfrog- print them out and pin them up ….alllll of them :)
    and then take a shot of that for your blog. I do not joke! seriously would love to see that.

    (ps. I am still hunting through my old natgeos for FEB’82.
    You may be getting a visit from me if I find it …I will need your signature on it:)

  12. Frostfrog says:

    PS – David – the odd thing is that when I was in NY at the loft presenting you with the projects I am working on and want to complete, my Arctic work never factored into the discussion at all. I guess that is because I think it is an obvious part of me, whereas the things I presented to you mostly no one knows about.

    But when I think about, really, to the larger it remains mostly unseen. Not even you really have any idea. I should have brought it up at the loft. I need to figure it out.

    Milli – February ’80.

    Come and visit me anyway, whether you find it or not. I can sign my book for you. And a couple of issues of Uiñiq Magazine. We can go out to dinner and you can meet my wife and cats. We all be very happy to have you here.

  13. audrey bardou says:


    Thank you! You are such an inspiration*

    Big hugs, audrey

  14. Milli says:

    FF- so glad for the correction, you saved me some heartache:)
    & Thank you for the invite! I love snow :)

    I can’t stop reviewing this wall and all the earlier posts. A feat.


    as far as i am concerned, our discussion of your work has just begun..please make me aware of any work you think i do not know, or have not critiqued…let’s go back over your motives, aspirations etc…sometimes this all comes out in class, sometimes later…that is why i tell all my students, theirs is a class that goes way beyond the scheduled week….let’s talk soonest please

  16. EVA

    unlikely a Carnaval picture would be the cover..i am sure everyone knows which cover i will pick…don’t they?

  17. Carlo says:


    “i am sure everyone knows which cover i will pick…don’t they?”


  18. eva says:


    All I know is that of all the pictures we’ve seen so far I have my favourite.. no idea what’s still up your sleeve though..

    And talking about that, it would be interesting to know how this month has changed your idea of the book.. what I mean, you have pictures from previous trips, I guess there are far more from this one (in numbers) that you would have expected.. so I wonder if there will simply be a major number of pictures in the book.. or, and I’m prone to believe this variation, that also of the pictures you previously had put in that fantomatic 85%, that there’s been a change, perhaps not so much in terms of percentage, but in different choice.. putting in some you left out of the edit, and now leaving out perfectly great photographs because they do not fit the ‘One Night In Rio’ theme.. and, if so, that leads to the question: what will be of those ‘leftover’ photographs?

  19. Frostfrog says:

    Will do, David. And soon. They are very flawed and probably too much for you to look at in their entirety, but for starters I will send you my latest copies of Uiñiq magazine along with a few thoughts. Thanks.

  20. Panosskoulidas says:


  21. Jenny Lynn Walker says:


  22. Yalda Pashai says:

    I feel so attached to this blog in the last month and I’m pretty sure this is not just my case. It feels sad knowing the RIO blog has come to an end! I know this is just a beginning of another step in RIO project, but for us audiences, this past month have been an amazing experience. Is there any chance you could continue this blog and take it to the next step of making RIO? I would love to know what’s next?! Now what?

  23. vivek says:

    the one above the tube station ….is my choice for cover ….. honey bee sunglasses and a hat ……….

  24. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    “Hot Cotton Candy” is my top favourite among the images presented on the wall that are selected as tentative covers (those with “One Night in Rio” on them although I’m not keen on the font). It’s such a clean image with lots of space for the title and the image itself impacts on the meaning of the title – taking it from being one night in the literal sense to it being the start of “a story” akin to “once upon a time” but with the time being centered around one night. A COOL image: ZEN FRESH!

  25. Frostfrog says:

    Oh, Panos… there you are.

  26. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Will keep my personal favourite a secret… :-)


    oh yes, i understand your reservations about what you call the “dress shopping” pictures..we call that series the “mannequin” series and hence the intentional super posed look….some of the wall pics are just “place holders”..this wall is the trunk of the tree…it has branches….i did a lot of “mini stories” inside this overall night in Rio..sometimes a branch becomes part of the trunk…i am not sure about the mannequin series which is about 8 pictures i think….may drop it…may keep just one…may keep none of them…but for sure they led to other interesting evolutions…


    that is for sure my inclination at the moment…could change my mind, but i don’t think so…i figured everyone would imagine that to be my choice…type fonts have not been decided…this is just dummy type…you must realize we did all of this at the one hour photo shop!!!

  28. VIVEK

    yes, this is a “sleeper”…love this too..i had it in my original little piece i did for Look3…i did a 250 run mini tabloid portfolio…not sure i see it as a cover, but might try to dummy it up…the picture definitely grows on you…

  29. EVA

    well all changed a lot on this last trip…you must remember that before the trip the book was just RIO…a tale of one night sort of came up when i signed in magic marker the little brochure i did, but never thought about it seriously for the book until this time…the title could still change, the cover has not been picked, but the basic thrust is the imaginary (or not!) tale of one night in Rio…

    i am going to do large panels with many pictures for the exhibition..large contact sheets and large groupings with no borders presented as one picture….i have been wanting to do this for a long time…this is the opportunity….i will do this four or five times i think…the rest of the show will be single large prints…so single very large prints mounted flush and off the wall ….and say 4-5 large collections of prints presented as a “single”

  30. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Amazing there was time to put the title of the book on the photos at all! One among the mannequin shots – Candy gazing at the dress/the bright light – is intensely powerful, atmospheric and stirring to the mind (and it made me laugh at myself).

    Okay, I have to go buy a couple of bottles of Bucks Fizz as a Christmas present… but shaking an invisible bottle of bubbly right now… spraying it all over the desk, out of the window and everywhere! Congratulations AND thank you so much! :-)

  31. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Just one… because I can’t go to Christmas at my brothers family and give nothing in return. Like you said, it’s give and take, a balance..

  32. eva says:


    Yes, I definitely can imagine what the show will look like.. was flipping through the whole theriobook archive, scrolling top to bottom and backwards, interesting also visually.. do you realise the amount of pictures you produced, the almost 140 posts without counting the comments you put up over the past 30 days.. amazing.. and yes, I know you DO realise.. : )

    Still.. those pictures that don’t fit.. I hope you at least will have them up either on Magnum or your site.. and not buried in the harddrives.. also for an economical reason, you can’t sell things people don’t know it exists..

  33. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    “you can’t sell things people don’t know exist…” How true! LOVE you Eva! x

    DAH: I shared the link “men in pin-up poses” on Per-Anders P’s wall this morning. I hope it will be considered for inclusion on Burn magazine! The full series includes the photographer himself!! It’s so cool, a classic!

    Season’s Greetings everyone! Hope to get t meet you! xxx

  34. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    PS Please send my best wishes to Laura (LET). I would like to have added a comment on Burn magazine since I have been following the Arab spring revolutions pretty closely on the news throughout the year but, my account remains closed. My thoughts are with ALL who are fighting for freedom, for their rights and dignity – standing up for what they believe in. It is tragic that during Egypt’s first “free elections” in decades, violence continues to be perpetrated by the security forces against protesters who can see that the military has NOT relinquished its stranglehold on power since the fall of Mubarak. Here’s an interesting article with some background on this theme both relating to Egypt and other Arab nations:

  35. eva says:


    I think this comment of yours would be better placed on either facebook or twitter or on, under Laura’s project, where you can add a comment even without being a backer, and reach her directly.

  36. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Thanks Eva! It is a direct response to the comments on Burn.

  37. eva says:


    This is a closed site, as you know.. if it was me and I wanted to let somebody know something, I’d do it directly, since the possibility exists, and the subject matter has nothing to do with this site here.. but that’s me.

  38. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Thanks Eva. I may do that but I expect she occasionally looks into this blog and believe we usually receive the information that we are “meant” to receive. It was just a general comment and since this is one world that we live in, the news is a matter that concerns us all. No story exists independently, in fact, all stories are connected, not only around the world but across all time (as are we all).

    Merry Christmas, sister! x


86 Responses to DONE…

  1. eva says:

    Safe travels.. so hard saying goodbye.. but you’ll be back..

  2. JohnP says:

    Thanks for this month, your time and insight David.
    Have a nice flight, looking forward to the book and exhibit. And will come back here a hundred more times to fish out all the little things that surely have been missed.
    All the best.

  3. vivek says:

    safe travels ……. look fwd to d book …..cheers

  4. eva says:

    Museum of Modern Art.. sounds like a good plan :D

  5. eduardo sepulveda says:

    boa viagem, muito obrigado!!

  6. David McGowan says:

    Rock on!

  7. Frida says:

    Safe travels!

  8. lostart says:

    Congrats! If you have time, let us know how it worked for you. Did you have enough people sign up to cover your costs? Was the interaction helpful/useful/worthwhile? Did it affect your work? Impressions about the experience? Would you have done anything differently.

    Thanks for sharing! Bon voyage!

  9. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    What a great end to this whole on-line experience – the wrap-up party and this last image with Luiz Camilo, Head Curator of the modern art museum! An exciting and magical end.

    You are phenomenal DAH! Travel well!


  10. Carlo says:

    I’m going to miss the updates.
    Buen viaje y descansa. Lo necesitas.

    All good things come to and end.
    Thank you!

  11. pAtrIcIO m. says:

    DAH: Have a nice trip back to the US. We will missed Rio wheather, parties, wall, shooting etc…
    Jaja, the curator picture is fuuuuuuunny. It only happens in Brazil!! Can’t imagine that in France…

    Viva Rio, Viva The Book, Viva those nights, Viva DAH, Roberta, and the rest of the crew.
    I can’t say “Viva Brazil” ’cause I’m from Argentina… and friend would kill me…

    PS: Switch to BurnMagazine right now. Great experience here.

  12. eva says:

    THE lesson?

    Dream big, believe it and work your butt off!

    The curator taking off prints isn’t funny, it’s THE RESULT of the above lesson!

  13. paul says:


    Thank you! I do hope you realize what this trip has meant to many of us. This has been a life changing experience and Rio is going to rock the world of photo books.

  14. paul says:

    Roberta and Renata…

    Thank you for the amazing example of your loyal, undying, inspiring enthusiasm on this blog.

  15. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Dream big, believe it and work damn hard for it. Exactly, Eva. This is the recipe. Time to get my nose to the grindstone on the heels of this uplifting and inspirational expose. May Rio rock the sox off photo books in 2012 and long into the future.

  16. chinaski11 (César) says:

    It was a pleasure to follow the last part of this project. Very, very interesting to see how DAH works.
    Many, many thanks to him because it´s no normal a photographer with his reputation (a magnum photographer!) shares his work with everybody with such sincerity and immediacy…
    And thanks also to his beautiful and professional assistants. THANKS
    Thank you for sharing this story that has not left me indifferent.
    Abrazos y gracias desde España a todos!

  17. paul says:


    Oh I saw you as the brightest fire in the Rio night, my favorite muse in this astounding story. I can’t wait to see you shinning bright in this book.

  18. miro says:

    HELLO to all of you, I’m Miroslav (28)
    (I know some of you ever since Road Trips, but never introduced myself)..

    This workshop was like a novel… now it’s over and I feel sad, but I am happy at the same time, ’cause that whole was a big lesson for me… absolutely priceless!
    So I wanna say:

    THANK YOU, MR. DAVID ALAN HARVEY to let me be part of your trip!!! You keep the fire BURNING!!!

    Thanks to all the contributors.

    Hugs, Miro :)

  19. Arif says:

    David, Roberta, Renata, and Candy,
    A very big thanks from me as well. I am with all others who will miss this as the first thing to do every morning (Japan is 14 hours ahead) and this addiction will be hard to let go. I learned a lot over the past few weeks and got many new ideas to implement for my project. Thank you for sharing everything and I am sure it will make a big difference for so many photographers. Have a very safe and very happy holiday season with your loved ones.

  20. JOL says:

    I went to your loftworkshop(2), with the big question.
    How to make street photography a work ?
    And You give me a 4 week answer !
    Thanks DAVID.
    Thanks ALL.

    Love Jonny

  21. jhonydh says:

    Thank you David for the best workshop! Thanks you girls, you are wonderful! Look forward to Rio book

  22. gclindsey says:

    Thank you David! It was great to see this book develop.

  23. Jim Powers says:

    A wild ride in a psychedelic bus! Probably the best $1.99 I’ve ever spent. Safe travels.

  24. Roberta Tavares says:

    I just arrived after scouting David to the airport. And while I watch him leaving, he is trying to make me laugh predicting the end of my lines. Tears .And even that seems emotional exacerbation, an example of overestimated sentimentalism cliché, I wouldn’t avoid them.I owe them, I’m proud of being dragged to those feelings while waiting in the gate. In that moment, I’m the cliché itself. Tending to the predictable and agreeing that exposure seems a valuable option. Tears. I have this last month so vivid in details, it seems so recent once it’s easy to get distracted in time when you are so absorbed, focused,committed. 30 days were gone and the realization came with the goodbye. David, Renata, Candy were my closest example of a successful marriage. We made it. 30 days of intensity felt in several levels building relationships : intimacy, stress, arguments, learning, celebration. Specifically in theriobook, it needed to come from inside with the right atmosphere, balance, mutual understanding to reach somewhere-something-someone outside. And the results came. Every single day I was sure that David, and hopefully our collaboration were doing something bigger than any initial expectation. I witness the right persons, the right colors, the right situations and when they come together is almost an unbelievable ballet if it isn’t David ‘s camera giving them sense in reality. Watching an artist creating his next greatest masterpiece, to be there in the middle of the process (“watching Picasso painting” as Tony Skater once described), to be allowed opinion and space, to know so well the effervescent mind behind and the meaning of that expression of art to his practice, that is priceless. It is the privileged addicted place to be. I’m aware of it and uncountable thanks to David for having us so close, for the patience and care, for each advice molding the best of me or the aspiration of it. Thanks for his constant generous gratitude display leading us to this space, to have our names here, to be introduced to an audience I respect so much for putting art community in such high standard and who have my total attention for the weights on my way of thinking and the new dynamic of perspectives . It is a honor and so rewarding to receive your lines and the consideration of each one of you. That’s the maximum of recognition I could wish.The prize. David while reading the comments says that “there is nothing more worth than to know you changed someone life, to be a influence or bridge for inspiration. It pays the hard work, the struggle. So, thanks David, Renata, candy, and you guys, the commentators, for have changed my life this month .

  25. wendy says:

    big hugs…
    tears here too…
    what not to love???
    embrace it all…

  26. Roberta Tavares says:

    Addictional Notes are a super star of this project.That wouldn’t be the same without you
    -Carlita- you were one of the best surprises
    -Eva – such admirable woman, as mind, as thinker, as supporter
    – Paul- Your last comment Abracadabra in the previous post fits perfectly and it is such a pleasure to read your comments. There is your strong point of view followed by sensitiveness,care and opening .And Thanks Paul for your words to me and Renata. It really touches us
    -Patricinho;I’d also never say “Viva Argentina”, but you’ll hear me saying “Viva Patricio”
    -Gordon,nice to have you here.Im with you on this one. Civi..I know you are there,I can hear your heart beating from here. Sing please!
    -Jenny “Rio rock the sox off photo books in 2012 and long into the future”. I definitelly agree . I bet on that
    -Arif,JOL and Mero- statements like yours are kind of fuel driving this project
    – jhonydh- thanks for the sweet words. We tried not making David so crazy. I failed many times:)..So thanks for the “wonderful”
    – Jim, your opinion means a lot, a lot and it has us happy cause I know you arent easy to please or to convince(this is a compliment)

  27. Roberta Tavares says:

    Wendy,you had such a voice along this month!So optmistic, positive, heartful, warm (are you sure you arent a carioca? :) We needed one Wendy around as refugee,energy,smiles…Happy we got you!

  28. Gerhard says:

    Roberta, your comments throughout this past month were a most valuable addition to seeing the results of what David, with the help of you all, his team, was able to accomplish. In fact, what you shared was a key ingredient in the process, the process itself, with all its emotions, that goes into making great art. And the context, including all the situations and participants, from which art comes is the foundation without which it is not possible. So big congratulations are due to David for this accomplishment, but certainly also to you and all the collaborators for facilitating it, analyzing it, and sharing it with us. The ability to watch such dynamic work evolve over an entire month, from far away, is a real first, especially because of the interactivity that went on. And I think the glimpses we got were very rich indeed to inspire us in our own work!

  29. David McGowan says:

    Aww, Roberta… how nice.

  30. mike peters says:

    lovin’ all the good energy!

  31. Frostfrog says:

    When I saw curator Camilo taking down the wall, I got that sad feeling when something good come to an end. But then, I know you will soon pop back up with something else. Maybe now you can also inject some more life back into burn.

    It has been so quiet and still there since you left this time.

    Oh – and tomorrow, I will finally begin my little, much-delayed, series on my experience at your loft. After all this time, you would think I would know just what I want to do with it and what I want to say.

    But in all this time, I have had no time and so I have no idea. Maybe it will be good, maybe it will be bad. The immediacy will be gone, but then all projects soon lose their immediacy and some still stand.

    Safe travels.

  32. Roberta Tavares says:

    Gerhard,Im so flattered, not only result of your thoughts (alone they’d make the job), but who these thoughts are coming from. You seem to understand so well the creative process , the artistic keys to achieve something beyond the ordinary way to face the whole ,to do and to have what takes…the defining line to the extraordinary, to choose what to use in your favor. It needs a lot of sensitiveness, awareness, opening, and passionate view to have it so right and find the right way to share it. So, I repeat: It’s really flattering having these thoughts from you

    David M..thanks so much..very kind! always the nice perspective of a nice guy

  33. eva says:


    You are a great mind with a most generous heart, a rare combination! You wrote on Burn, I think, that now you know what you want to do. This is just another lesson coming out of this thing that was given the name of workshop.. it is yes, about photography, how to approach and develop an essay, how to work with subjects and cameras and whatnot, but to me, that’s the minor part here, important, but minor.

    Not that much of a great mind on my side, for sure much much less generous than you.. a thinker, yes, that I can agree about.. that is why I realized very early on that tangible collaboration and support here was crucial.. I was VERY worried it would be a burden to keep up theriobook site, for David, and therefore also for you all who would have to support him on yet another level, and be a safetynet. It could have turned out as a give give give and emptying from one side, so filling in and giving back was the only way to make it work as a circle, as a spirale up, high up.. and it worked. A big thank you from me to all who did realise this, came out of silence and made tangible.. it is not easy, I know that, usually I hold back.. but this was not the time..

    Tears. Yes. Of course. This is not fiction, this is real. Fool who’d think not. : )

  34. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    A breath-taking pink sunrise on this cold winter’s morning… tuned into the Rio blog… Roberta’s lines from the journey to the airport make me happy… what not to love?!

    “He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.” ~
    Henri Matisse

  35. Haik says:


    You are crazy – from an idea to a book.
    All of this, besides being a lesson on the secrets of your approach to the work you produce, it is also a step forward in all photography.
    You have invented social photography, a connected photography. You have added a whole new chapter to the ages old process and I can bet you will soon be copied.
    And sorry for not having “recent comments” a la burn :) . It had to be a comment soup, a la RIO.

    You can come in, see it, and leave leaving an impact. What can I say?

    Without your help I would have been in deep ____. You were crucial.

    What you have done was fundamental to say the least. Thank you.

    I owe you $3.something for the hard shipment of digital goods you would never receive in your shiny mail box :) . I am buying you a beer … Hope to meet you someday.

  36. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Yes, it would be great to hear from Anton on here and DAH too after he has had some R&R and time to reflect on the whole Rio and Rioblog experience. And let’s not forget that David has other books in the pipeline – at least two underway I think?!

    How about a flashback to the blog that got things rolling 3 years ago at around this same time of year I believe – from the original “Road Trips” headed with this picture of Laura el Tantawy who has gone on to achieve great things and I believe her blog of travels around Egypt starts soon, if not already underway? “Road trips” led to “Burn”, and “Burn” led to “Rio” this “social photography network” as Haik put it. In this link, a Happy New Year message from 2008 from the maestro himself including work by Sean Gallagher winner of the first EPF grant who has also gone from strength to strength. DAH is a force in the industry to be reckoned with! :-)

  37. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Yes, it would be great to hear from Anton on here and DAH too after he has had some R&R and time to reflect on the whole Rio and Rioblog experience. And let’s not forget that David has other books in the pipeline – at least two underway I think?!

    How about a flashback to the blog that got things rolling 3 years ago at around this same time of year I believe – from the original “Road Trips” headed with this picture of Laura el Tantawy who has gone on to achieve great things and I believe her blog of travels around Egypt starts soon, if not already underway?

    “Road trips” led to “Burn”, and “Burn” led to “Rio” this “social photography network” as Haik put it. In this link, a Happy New Year message from 2008 from the maestro himself including work by Sean Gallagher winner of the first EPF grant who has also gone from strength to strength.

    DAH is a force in the industry to be reckoned with! :-)

    Copy and paste into the browser, this:

  38. vivek says:

    many thanks Roberta and haik ……….

  39. rafaelhappke says:

    Thank you all for all this inspiration…comments, development process, examples, doubts, feelings, things that did not work, things that did work, all of that simply confirm that what really matters in not the end but the process of build the whole thing…I am also sad that the blog is coming to and end and for sure i will come back again and again to read it again and try to get more and more from this unique lesson…Not only David but all the crew and blog visitors add a lot of positive inputs to this blog…thank you all!

    Rafael Happke

    PS.: I would not mind if DAH could add some more status of how the things about this work/book is going till the book is on store shelfs :) Let´s see :P

  40. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Home is where the heart is!

  41. Mike Rawcliffe says:

    Thank you David and everyone,


  42. i am just changing planes in Miami….i will come back as soon as i get home to answer any questions…many many thanks for your interest…yes, this was definitely a one of a kind experience for all of us….no way to bottle this one….well, it does give some ideas for future work models, but this was the ONE for sure…

  43. Carlo says:


    So touching reading your report.
    Can’t thank you enough for helping put all of this together and making it run smooth!
    An achievement all in itself.
    All of you were like “The Dream Team” from the olympics!

  44. andrew sullivan says:

    Thank you all for such a deep learning experience this past month! It’s just the right energy to take into the New Year.

  45. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Yes! :-)

  46. HAIK, thanks a lot but without you we would actually have sent emails between us ;) you are the man,who makes this infrastructure work. a special applause for you.

    this was a one of a kind experience to me. in the beginning, it was like light speed, and I thought I am not able to catch up with David’s speed. Wow, what an energy. Overall, it was a very inspirational experience for me, and even I am not travelling since quite a while, I think I shot the cover for my own story – 5 to 9 – during these 4 weeks of online workshop. Viva!
    So, I have to thank all of you, for the positive energy, the collaboration and inspiration, which was beamed from Rio until cold and snowy Bonn :)

    Civi, you can sing now, please!

  47. Roberta Tavares says:

    Haik…you’re a genius. You worked so hard with David, believing in the project, giving everything to build a tool to put in practice and to make reality this new model of “social photography network”(great definition).If it isnt that,since the beginning,details and adjustments, we wouldnt have the right space to direct our enthusiasm and turn it out in collaboration.You have a big fraction of blame here :)

    You have such particular signature in this workshop.It makes us feel you so close , the understanding, the questions and points,the interest,sense of humor.David says whatever you seem to be by your writing is exactly the man you are. So, you are one of the good ones and happy having you here

    We consider you part of the crew,and how many times i instinctively had my silent gratitude ready to you while reading your comments.Today it comes loud -THANKS-And you are more than welcome in Rio

    Eduardo Sepulveda
    Such a pleasure having your presence and portuguese notes makingus feel at home, as someone can read us so accurately as identification on behavior, culture, response.Esperamos te encontrar logo aqui no Rio. As portas estão sempre abertas para você. Obrigada pelo apoio

    The journey itself would loose the magic if it was straight plan from start till start over, the begining,the ending without being able to bump into the ones who make us stop in the middle,to replan again,to gain energy, to relax and enjoy the coordinate, to change or to like another direction,the joy ,the pushing and the freedom. You were aways included in this “the ones” list too

    Waiting already for you! We love you but put yourself in front of your Mac and write some notes to tell you arrived safe and you are already missing us and Rio! :) yes..As predictable …separation anxiety and the first morning seems so nonsense and empty.Crazy! A month shared with the best leader, menthor, friend and what more to say about you as professional, as photographer. How to recover from that?A beautiful chapther was written. Let’s wait for Carnaval!

  48. Roberta Tavares says:

    I just read your notes right now. I couldnt say enough thanks to you , cause that is not the first time you come out with heartwarming,kind and optmistic deferences. It means a lot to me, to us, to theriobook. It make us feel we reached the right people, and we did a good thing or a differet one. It also makes the idea, the process, the result,worthier enough to keep going.Evolving,provoking,rousing, evoking. Nice to meet you here

  49. Roberta
    I’m very touched by your comments here, what a lovely soul you are.

    I’m sure in the next week you will by doing laundry, petting the cat, hugging your mommy, and trying to come down from the incredible high you must be feeling.
    This has been a very unique experience, I’ve been thinking how personal the book will feel to all of us who have been here. I can’t wait to see it. I also can’t wait to see what you come up with next. As always, you’re an incredible inspiration.

    So,..Christmas shopping all done?

  50. Roberta Tavares says:

    We dont know how… but you always manage to be helping and supporting David and crews directly, indirectly, or even in silence. You’re always there and it’d be hard to express how special you are because of that. Hope you know that, hope you can constantly listen our “thanks Thomas”(it is always there too)

  51. Roberta Tavares says:

    And Gordon…I was on my way to say the same about you…”what a lovely soul you are”.I would say thanks to you for putting up with my English(the mistakes and jumbled confusing setences sometimes)and for the patience and attention when my posts tend to be long and tiring. Specially for understanding my pleasure and the point at all in my attempt to report (That way, I hope the English mistakes become forgivable)

  52. Carlo says:


    Although the internet tends to be a cold place and it’s hard to read “between the lines” (no facial expressions to see sincerity) your vibe here made this place so warm!

    Likewise it was great to meet you here.
    In my own way I feel like if I know you and your sister Renata and Candy through David’s photographs.

  53. Gerhard says:

    A very fine trio in Rio!

  54. Renata Tavares says:

    I’ve been a loyal reader all the posts and comments here since the first day it was launched. I’m also a silent reader. You can notice that is my first public message. Maybe because of some insecurity about my English in a territory full of native english speakers,thinkers and smart minds , or maybe because you all did such a great job, that what i could say wouldnt be so necesary or add more than what you were already bringing here. Besides of that, Roberta’s writing is like reading my mind. Today it is different, cause Im so touched by the nature of the messages here carried by the end of this wonderful phase and the expectation in the next one. I really want and need to say Thanks. I owe to much to David, to be there everyday, to help somehow even Arts and Photography isnt my professional area. To be close of my sister and witness so much hard work and things being developed and walls being fulfilled and things that happened in front off my eyes that i couldnt believe, but david’s camera recorded all of them. That was a magic time. I didnt regret to have had my vacation after two years non stopping work, based on the time David would be in town. I knew it would be so much fun, and at the same time inspiring,and to spend my time with my sister, to help her (even im not professionally qualified for that..only if someone got hurted or in pain, or got some disease..what not happened..Hold on..David fell in the table in his devotee times taking pictures of the photos in the wall and he somehow broke all the glass..when i arrive he was like a fetus inside the table ‘s wood structure.It took me 30 sec to believe in what happened and to say something “-David, is your ass ok?” Something hurted, cut or bleeding?” David was fine..not even a scratch and bursting out laughing. Classic DAH in the last day with the head museum curator knocking the door ahahah ) There is no price for that. I never had a more intense time than that.Competing with those amazing moments, just days like today, reading these warming comments ,having my name here with David and Roberta .Thanks so much guys for making us feel so special!

  55. eva says:


    Such a pleasure to read you!! Thanks for writing, and never ever worry about English, if the natives can’t decipher we’ll help them out, reading Roberta and you is heartwarming :)

    Ok, so Paris was a glass door, Rio is a glass table.. wonder what’s next.. well, bandaid is on the strobe.. uhmm.. wonder if there’s a reason to that, always handy, just in case!

  56. Renata Tavares says:

    And David, thanks for all the sick jokes specially in the breakfast,your pearls and wisdom, debate about the female universe (When you write the book “Inside the female’s brain” I’m the first one going for it, for being the man who more saw me naked in the name of the great art and being the most trustful, respectful, gentle man and photograper(who could imagine that? ahahah So proud amigo). For helping my super Roberta in what matters the most, and for being our greatest friend! We love you

  57. Renata and Roberta, no worries about your English. As a unilingual I always feel in-adequate. When I read your posts, the voices in my head have an ever so charming Brazilian accent.

  58. Renata Tavares says:

    Thanks Eva. You are one of the reasons I think this comment section is so wonderful. And bandaid, how we never thought about this joke? That’s a good one. Glasses and spilling cofee.Never saw anyone drink and spill so much coffee on furniture, floor,tables. Funny disasters moments!

  59. Jeff Hladun says:

    Why Eva, have you forgotten David also broke the glass ceiling by conducting this experimental workshop? Also, what about his shattering of the glass walls, and the way he demystified the creative process for us? (Well OK, maybe only a little bit of demystification.)

    I just hope the glass of his lenses will stay whole, pure, and unbroken for a long, long time to come!

  60. Carlo says:


    You are not an image anymore now we have a voice!
    Nice to read your impressions….your english is perfect. BTW english is not my first language either ;-)
    That glass table story is priceless! Scary but priceless.

  61. Frostfrog says:

    Roberta – thank you for the good words, given to everybody, including me. This will sound silly, but yesterday I hurriedly left a comment without reading others. Today, I came back and read. And now my eyes sting and water. And it was confident specifically that first brought that water to my eyes, although I feel touched all around. Somehow, we who frequent here and on Burn really are not only a community of sorts but a family.

    When you told me what David said, I could picture him so clearly and I felt but one thing – love. In seeking out the help and advise of a master, as I have sought David’s one does not expect to necessarily find the kind of thing that David has shared with all of us here, and, subsequently, we have shared with each other.

    Yet, that is what is here. I want to name everybody like you did, but I fear I would leave someone out.

    What I am wondering is, where is Civi?

    Civi, we need your words! This experience cannot come to an end without your words! Other than David himself, you are the great dispenser of love and community on this forum – not a bad word for anybody. Just love and consideration.

  62. Frostfrog says:

    “And it was confident specifically…”

    Roberta, this was supposed to read,

    “And it was your comment specifically…”

  63. Roberta Tavares says:

    Only David and The Rio Book to allow me more time with Renata in one moth than what I had in those last two years. None was more helpful,handful, fun, party queen,the last one stop dancing,organizing food,decoration, my lists, my papers,and constant advices, and still ready beautiful when David needed, thefirst one at david’s door, taking care everyone as Renata did. Resinha (known as Renata) I love you so much sis

    FROSTFROG:you only endorsed what i mentioned and thought about you.Sweet…

    And CIVI and PANOS..where are you? So important to know you are here, the expectation that your adorable lines will come.Make that happen ! Please? :)

  64. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Thanks a million Haik!

  65. Roberta Tavares says:

    Gordon and Eva..thanks again for making us feel so welcome.And Gordon, it is a strong but sweet brazilian accent

    Jeff..How couldnt I extend another super thanks to you for all the enlightening artistic input inside the contents, context and accessory tracks for better visual digestion? I reflected a lot reading your comments and opinions

  66. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Viva sisters!! xx

  67. Mikolaj says:

    Thank you DAH for sharing with us this great photographic adventure. I will miss it. I’ll definitely come back to see it and read it again from the beginning to the end.
    Roberta, Renata, Candy- you’re gorgeous.

  68. Herve says:

    The last month has shown that we do not need to be in North Korea to have our own Great Lea…DAH! :-)

  69. jhonydh says:

    Maybe before we got parted we should know each other better. Let me start with myself. I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Age 51, photography as hobby, have two children age 18 and 11… Not impressive right? :D

  70. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    I will miss it too. I hope we can somehow be involved in the sequencing/editing stage.

    Love to all!

  71. eva says:


    Why get parted? Even if this would be the last post here (I do hope it is not), there’s BURN one click away. Not the same of course, not the same intensity, could not be, no way to keep going forever like this, but still photography, discussions about and around our passion, lots to learn not only about pictures, but life and the world (just look at the last post about Egypt)… worth to check out the site for sure, David’s other baby.. and keep in touch and get involved..

    Hmmm.. I wonder, what was the first frame David took on the northern hemishpere..

  72. eva says:


    Still thinking about what you wrote.. still not sure, but you could be right.. or not?

  73. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Burn is an amazing on-line magazine being a showcase for photography and a FORUM for photographers to learn and share. But the Rio blog is/was mesmerising in a different way, being so connected with the passions and life and work of the ONE maestro each day..

  74. Frostfrog says:

    Yes, Panos, too… where are you, Panos? …with Civi, perhaps?

    If so, please care of each other…

  75. eva says:


    Civi is traveling, chasing the sun.. but I’m sure we’re all in Civi’s big heart : )

  76. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Eva wrote: “Hmmm.. I wonder, what was the first frame David took on the northern hemishpere..” Ditto.

  77. ALL

    for all of us in Rio and for all of you this was just the damndest thing….electric…vibes in all directions….from us to you , from you to us….i am still answering a few questions under the last wall post…and i will make one last post here from home to answer any more…but yes yes this just worked …whenever something really cool happens our inclination is to try to repeat it…but i am not so sure we could ever do it….this was a one of a kind…perhaps we print this whole month out as something useful for others…i do not know..we will see…now i just need to rest…i did not sleep for the whole month as you can imagine…if Christmas was not upon us, i probably would still be there…but you know the deadline is always a good thing…forces one to completion..given too much time and things might not be the same…the clock running out is the thing we hate the most and yet the thing that makes us friggin MOVE….love it!!

    you all have been just terrific…and honestly a PART OF IT FOR REAL…we all knew you were there… so much fun all around….

    peace, Happy Holidays to all…big hugs all around….

    cheers, david

  78. Jordan Weitzman says:


    Welcome home! it was truly an amzing ride. This was one of THE BEST learning experiences for any aspiring photographers. I have not commented much, but have absorbed everything and have just taken it all in. Thank you for giving so much of yourself back passing it on to the next generation.

    I am sure the excitement that comes from the actual EXPERIENCE in the past month (and few years) is enough soul food to keep you going for a while…Not only for you, but for everyone that has been involved in it and following along…My question to you is that now that you have put in all the HARD work, assembled all of your raw material, and have the major framework for the book: What is the plan now in terms of getting it published? It seems that the next stage is just as important as the last three years of work considering it is THE BOOK itself that you get to hold when all is said and done, right?



  79. Panosskoulidas says:

    im just pissed coz i made it to the fountain and i managed to stay thirsty..
    i almost made it to Rio but bureaucratic bull/visas passports etc stopped me at the gate..This last month was (and still is) all about family to greece, in the States etc..but but but another part of MY family (Roberta and the amazing RIO CREW )ARE still in magical RIO..
    yes yes..our family, my family that thanks to DAH is expanding!
    big thanks to all..but biggest THANKS to Roberta…She is bigger than life, bigger than Pele…
    viva Roberta…see u soon…!!!

  80. Panosskoulidas says:


  81. pouria says:


    Thanks to you, your friends, and theRIObook’s commentators for this thirty days! I had a lot of fun during this time, learned a lot, hopefully, and laughed out loud, a lot.


  82. a civilian-mass audience says:

    I AM HERE…and THERE…as EVA says…I am traveling up,up and high…
    I am crossing waters…

    LOVE,LOVE and RESPECT for ALL of your amazing good spirits…


    YOU are all in my heart…I am smiling when I think of you…
    and sometimes I laugh out loud…and when I laugh I fart…I guess it comes with the
    I am so happy…no words to express my feelings…
    only this I have to say…

    one day you will all come to your civilian’s house and the rest …will be in History…!!!

    VIVA amigos…and don’t forget…WE ARE ALL BURNING together…
    your civi

    P.S Spread the news…like garlic on fresh bread…:)))))))))))))))))))

  83. Jenny Lynn Walker says:

    Safe travels, Civi! I think we are all on a high! Almost too high…

    Did Bob Black post a round-up comment?