nobody loves books more than Gigi Giannuzzi….he loves them so much that he publishes instinctively and without any thought of "commercial appeal"…he does not do "readership tests"….he goes by his gut and then scrambles like a madman to try to sell enough of his little masterpieces to be able to go on to the next….

Gigi claims he was "conceived in Sicily,  born in Rome, and never grew up in Turin"..if you know Italians, Gigi pretty much has it covered..Trolley Books, his mastermind and "baby" has for ten years created quite a stir in the publishing world…"unconventional wisdom" comes to mind when i think of Gigi….and his authors form a prestigious list..

Philip Jones Griffiths, Carie Levy, Stanley Greene, Nina Berman, Deirdre O'Callaghan, Tom Stoddart, Alex Majoli, Paolo Pellegrin,  and Alixandra Fazzina just to name a few…please go to: to see Gigi's entire lineup of artists and titles….

you may not find Trolley Books everywhere….like many fine objects, you have to look to find…and Gigi is the first to recount the trials and frustrations of the book publishing world….if you wanted to go into a business , you would not try to make photo book publishing your business…nope, only love gets you to do what he does…

last night Gigi slept on my sofa…but, not for long….he stayed up late and got up kind of guy!! tonight in my loft will be presented the above listed shows and the new books will be here and some of the authors as well…Gigi always comes to New York right before Christmas to launch his books…and i suppose it is "my turn" to help him do this…like all of us in this business, we do indeed get by with a little help from our friends….

tonight will be just the kind of event i like to have in my space…like minded folks looking at pictures…in addition to the listed slide shows, there will be others…i will show Anton Kuster,  "Sugar"; Patricia Lay-Dorsey, "Falling Into Place";  and Bob Black, "Bones"…

this event came up at the last minute , and i just do not have powerful music slide shows for some of you who do indeed have books near completion…but, please please do not feel left out if you are not being shown tonight….there will be other times, other venues….any of you who i am mentoring now for a book to be published, please be assured that i will get you in front of the right publisher at the right time…i think you already know this…

if you love books, buy one from Trolley…do i sell books?? no, of course not…but , i do know that photographers should always buy other photographers books…i remember Eugene Richards telling me years ago, that if photographers all bought each others books, then the circle would be unbroken…i think this is true…

Hannah Watson, Managing Editor of Trolley, just told me that if you send her an e-mail saying that you are part of my forum, she will give you a 40% discount on any Trolley books…  ….

ok, that is about as close as i ever get to selling anything…but, you know what?  i will stand by Trolley…these are special books from special photographers… will not be disappointed…

if you are in New York, come and meet Gigi's and some of his authors tonight…after all my friends, you could be one of them someday…



104 Responses to “tonight…..”

  • Can’t resist the pleasure to maybe the first to reply to David’s entry, especially since I am so far and cannot attend.

    Enjoy the brainstorming. I think EMERGE is really a great title BTW, it relates directly to what has been brewing and labelled since David threw the idea of the EPF and the word insinuates great dynamic and energy.

  • And talking about brainstorming, of a kind, and getting together around photography, here’s a little image from a few days back, during the Angkor festival of photography.

    The night when the children from the Anjali foundation were watching the selection of pictures they themselves, quite a few many of them, took that week:

  • nice flyer
    burn is a hot title
    there is an online music mag with the same name
    but you should be able to easily eclipse them
    good luck with the event c’est soir

  • … another reason i’d love to live in new york.. these things just pop up all the time!

    hopefully i’ll be able to give you guys an update on New Orleans.. I went to the PhotoNOLA portfolio review.. it was a great experience.. i met with nine reviewers in two days.. and met lots of other photographers.. reviews like this are an opportunity to introduce your work and introduce yourself.. this was good for me. i showed 20 16×20 prints from Thirst for Grit.. had a very good reception.. PLUS it was in New Orleans! :)

    okay gotta run..

    ps – DAVID, MVSwanson seemed surprised that i hadn’t been arrested with you yet. :)

  • EMERGE… my favorite title so far.

  • Looks like I’m gonna make it! I haven’t been to New York in forever, and this is a better excuse than most.

  • Emerge… I like… I didn’t have the time to check the previous post for the other suggestions but EMERGE is symbolic and close to energy
    Sorry to be too far from 475 Kent Avenue to arrive in 7 hours and half.

  • Have you ever thought of moving David? Forget NYC, Lancashire, England needs a Kibbutz! Hope you city slickers enjoy the evening and the books. I’m pissed off.

    Mike R.


    and what a brilliant group of books! :))))…Marc Davidson and I were just talking about John Trotter’s work and experience…i cant wait to see his book :)))))…and of course, EVERYTHING GOD DAMN POLITICIAN IN AMERICA SHOULD BE GIVEN NINA’S BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!


    THAT’S gonna be a drop dead major wig party! :)))))

    y’all have fun

    marina and i will be there in spirit with y’all :))


  • i met and talked with Gigi just two days ago.. he looked at Thirst for Grit in New Orleans.. (although i don’t think he knows the title).. he looked through my box of 16×20 prints that i worked hard for.. “don’t teach me how to look at pictures” he told me.. okay Gigi, i didn’t teach you! :) he’s a hard man to please i think.. but he didn’t stop half way.. he looked at them all.. even the 10 additional at the bottom.. not much feedback from him. doesn’t surprise me. but i love Trolley books and told him so.. especially Paolo’s Lebanon book.. of course i would so much love to someday do a project with Trolley. have a great time.. talk soon.. lance

  • Jen is voting for Burn. She really likes it.

  • David/ALL/Pubslishers –

    I’ve been thinking about books lately and I have a couple questions I’m wondering if anyone has an opinion on:

    Do you think there will be a change towards “limited edition” books now because of the self-publishing? In other words we now live in a world where we can “publish” a story on the web one day (minute) and change it for another audience or just by fancy the next day (minute) and so I wonder if this is in such contrast to the days of having to print in large quantities, pretty much publishing the book in “stone”, that we will start seeing more of a movement towards a collection of volumes in short runs…or maybe this is already happening?

    Also I wonder about the fine line between deciding (from a publishers point of view or even a photographers) whether the images for a particular book project will or will not sustain a viewers interest when it comes to subject/content vs image quality/artistry…in that, does the subject carry the viewers interest through an entire book as much or more than the content at times?

    In my own experience I’ve looked through books that were interesting but basically were filled with the same image over and over…however they sustained my attention because of the subject and vice versa, I was bored not neccesarily because the photography was boring but the subject did not interest me at all…of course you could say the book failed at that point but did it if it was meant for a very narrow audience?

    Anyway, maybe Gigi could elaborate on this or other readers questions on the blog? live with DAH? I’m sure there is not even close to enough time but just a thought.

    ~ Chris H

  • Trolley do some great stuff and I loved your story about Gigi — brings the company to life. They have done great things for PJG’s last couple of books and the posthumous RECOLLECTIONS is such a fine book…

    David — Just curious: has digital (the M8 or whatever) turned you back on to B&W? Just noticing that you are posting more B&W pictures in recent weeks/months…

    cheers, alun

  • AKAKY: So…

    AKAKY IRL: No.

    AKAKY: I didnt say anything yet.

    AKAKY IRL: Whatever it is, the answer is no.
    If the question involves going to the city, the answer is not only no, it’s are you out of your mind?

    AKAKY: We could meet some of the people who make the world what it is today.

    AKAKY IRL: You want to spend thirty bucks to go to the city and meet mortgage defaulters? What about the guy across the street? He’s defaulting on that dump he bought and you can see him for free.

    AKAKY: Do you have any idea of just how bad you make me look?

    AKAKY IRL: Tough shit, guy, I didn’t ask for this gig: I was drafted.

  • BURN gets my ‘gut feel’ vote so far… instant reaction on reading it.

    burning issues, burning desire, burning questions, burning passion, burn, baby burn, slow burn, burning man (I am a Nevadan when in the US!) – and the tech folk will be happy with the post production link too…

    High fives KELLY —

    DAVID, I like the idea of keeping Road Trips as the title of your blog within the magazine…

    Damn, I wish I was not 15,000km away from NYC this week —

  • How about ‘BURN’ and the logo can be the corn cob pipe with a little ember and light smoke.. ha ha.. suits me. :)


    David. I remember meeting Gigi in your first book publishing class in Italy. He drove up outside the building and opened the trunk of his car which was filled with books. After carrying them in, dumping them on the table, the books seemed to have a life of their own. Their energy permeated the place. His energy is explosive with all the right ingredients to get a spark from flint. and…he’s sound and smart. i’ll buy Trotter’s book; he’s a favorite. and probably a couple more. love, anne

  • road trip magazine and emerge are still really doing it for me..
    have read all the others..

    have fun.
    will drop hannah an email now.. see what they have.,

  • Don’t we ALL wish we lived closer to NYC??? Oh, forgive me. All except Akaky IRL, that is. Tonight’s event sounds amazing. Just look at the photographers whose books are being featured! Sure would love to be a fly on THAT wall.

    Regarding David’s generous intention to show my “Falling Into Place” project, it doesn’t look like it will happen. There wasn’t enough time for me to send him a CD of my slideshow, but maybe David will find a moment to show Gigi my online gallery.

    Whatever happens or doesn’t happen with my work tonight, David Alan Harvey is one of the most generous-spirited persons I’ve ever met. When this man says he’ll be your mentor, he means it in the most TANGIBLE way. He’ll do anything he can to see that your work is the very best you can do, and then will go out of his way to show your work to the right people at the right time. What a prince of a fellow!

    in gratitude

  • Oh, I’ll have to check that. 40% off is pretty good. I spend more money in photography books than in film or gear. It probably is as much of an expense as food, but not as much as beer. I expect most of my xmas presents to be books as well… hopefully I enlarge my collection of japanese classics :o)

  • DAVID, the event sound totally great. I would love to be there, but you guys out there in the sticks really should just move to the Twin Cities. It’s much more centrally located.

    ALL-New post/new work on my blog. I’m going to try to post there more often.

    To everyone at DAH’s tonight: Have Fun.


  • New to the blog, and wish I could make it tonight.

    Like Lance, I met Gigi at PhotoNola this past weekend, and his passion is palpable despite his late arrival and lost luggage. He liked my my work, and said so, but recognized that my project has a few more years before it’s complete (very true) We had a great conversation about it, and about what they look for in photography for the books they publish. It was a pleasure to meet someone so genuinely and singularly passionate about good photography.

  • Bashmachkins – all of you.
    i’ll split the 30 with you or buy you a sandwich – one of you give me an eye while there. and dont forget that coat – its cold in the big city.

    Akaky – dude – you are dope. you need to publish your comments.

    PATRICIA – good luck tonight – I am very happy for you.

    burn, you all in NYC area.



    Bit late to the naming conundrum but…

    What about



    I like “EMERGE” and “BURN” but I don’t know, when I name anything I gotta go back to the source and I think most of us are evolving because of the mastery, graciousness and generosity of DAVID ALAN HARVEY so therefore he is the “EVOLVER” if you get what I mean…

    Probably a bit obscure, but then it sounds a bit like ‘Revolver’and then you have the whole ‘Magnum’ thing kind of reference…

    Besides I just think its sounds good on the tongue…

  • again… already posted this on “plans”…
    but i wanna make sure that CHARLES sees this:

    i just got informed that your book is arrived, waiting for me…
    i sent you an address that IS NOT my home…
    like everyone already knows in this forum… this is my 5th month
    being homeless… i do not have a home…
    i literally live in motel6’s & friends couches…
    $2.99 for internet access…
    but tomorrow i will drive to the desert to pick it up from a friends
    thank you again..

    …then i’m about to drive 1300 miles to san antonio texas…
    a very good friend will give me a room for a week,
    then back to cali for the COURT ordeal…
    …still working on sequencing the Venice book under the supervision of my best friend KARIM SHARIF… ( what would i do without him ???? i dont know… )
    soon i will share photos from my current life road trip… but Venice comes first …
    … scary part is that the motel6’s all look the same, all look like home…
    love y’all

    Posted by: panos skoulidas | December 09, 2008 at 09:09 PM

  • Love you too, Panos. Be safe, dear one. Your home is here with us. Wish it could be a bit more REAL, as in a bed, kitchen, shower & broadband internet…



    Please check your emails. I sent you two with the subject “Patricia Lay-Dorsey’s project.” Thanks for everything, my friend.


  • DAVID,

    Good news….I have been able to re-arrange my week and found a flight to get to New York tomorrow evening so that I will be able to join you and the group on Thursday…

    If possible I would love if you could send me some info on the logistics (i.e when you plan on getting together on Thursday) and, if you (or anyone else) have any recommendation on where I can stay near by, this would be fantastic…

    Looking forward to see hear from you.




    I just saw your kind comments about my “Lords of the Ring” essay on the previous post. Glad that you liked it! This was very much work in progress and many, like you, have commented that I can do a tighter edit which is most certainly the plan. Actually, I have several new images since I posted the link and hopefully, I might work on that edit more if we have a chance to do this with David later this week.

    Thanks for your comments.


  • I like burn but I prefer Emerge. Its a more forceful title IMO. Especially as a verb, its not just about emerging photographers although I like the connection, but really it wont be obvious to anyone who hasnt spent time here. Burn is cool but it really doesnt say much.

  • I agree, dear David… Book is the natural end for any work and story.
    I’m learning to my self and changing my way to do the new stories.
    It’s more simple if you lead your actions keeping in mind the final results (a book).
    My compliment to Gigi and all people that do books :) ciao

  • I see you will have next big blog meeting in your loft David. Good, have a fun and show us some pictures during this new magazine will created please. Tomorrow it will be history but soon it will be a legend!!!


    for successfully defending his PhD. Kudos big time.

    The word EMERGE has a nice shape to it but it speaks of emerging photographers and there’s way too much emphasis in the photo community on such. I could go on and on about this but won’t

    VERGENCE is interesting but the word doesn’t have a nice shape to it. Typographically, it’s horrible.

    BURN doesn’t work for me. Should the title be only one word?


    Back to single words, how about PHOTOSYNTHESIS, not quite there but it has the word photo in it and photosynthesis is the stuff of life, is it not? It’s the process by which plants have life and it’s from light.

    But my favorite is CELERITAS. This is the word used to represent light in the most important of all equations, energy equals mass times the speed of light (in a vacuum) squared. E=MC squared. It’s a latin word meaning swiftness and represents the speed or swiftness of light.

    CELERITAS is a beautiful word in itself, is it not?


  • How about SENSOR, has a certain ring to it, no? Strong looking word too.

    Good luck on Thursday.


  • PERCEPTION is dancing around in my head. Perceiving through the senses.

  • This is ridiculous. I have to do some work. Back later.

  • My last contribution before I try and get some work done…


  • I can’t help myself. I love words. I wish I was better at organizing them on a page.

    One last word before I piss off for a while and GET SOME WORK DONE!


  • Posted this on “Plans” late yesterday and fear it got lost over there.

    I’ve been sitting with BURN all day, hoping it might set off a spark of passion in my head and heart. But it hasn’t. Can’t tell you why exactly but it just doesn’t speak to me.

    Maybe I’m too literal but I’d hope the name of our mag would offer a symbolic recognition of what we are about, both as individual photographers and as a community. When I see the word BURN, I see fires blazing out of control ( To me it says more about destruction than transformation.

    Right now the names that work for me are:



  • David, All

    I just meet and take a few pictures The Dalai Lama!!!
    I was in rush and sudenly I saw big crowd, “Who you are waiting for?” I ask, “for The Dalai Lama” :)!!!!
    I knew he is in wroclaw, but I was sure there will be no occasion to see him!
    The crowd was huge and I was sure I will have no good pictures. But for a few second we stand face to face, and I was not sure I should shooting or try to talk with him.
    So I took a few pictures, and I will try to talk with him next time. :)

    I am with huge respect to the Dalai Lama, and I wish have enemies like he is for china.

    Peace (for tibet)

  • ALL….

    morning coffee..much needed after last night….the event went well…i would say very well…pretty much what you may imagine….Gigi would show three or four shows, we would take a 20 minute break and then show three or four more…it worked..yes, there was a party going on, but every time the room went dark and the projector came on, the party went quiet, respectful, and the shows went on…

    the only show that i could present from our forum was Anton Kuster and “SUGAR”… strong strong round of applause from the audience…it was unfortunate i could not show more..due only to the fact that i just did not have music slide shows that could be projected on the big screen from anyone else here…this morning i will show Gigi “BONES OF TIME” by Bob Black and perhaps the Patricia Lay Dorsey “FALLING INTO PLACE”…tech issues prevented me from showing the work last night…we tried to scramble at the last minute to make this happen, but alas it did not…

    this does bring up an issue that i must address in a proper post, but i will quickly mention it now….

    all of you must really do your part in the future to give me material that is either a “done deal” finished show OR send me files where Mike and i can build a show to the proper specs for high quality projection..

    now , last night’s projection came up at the last minute and i just did not have time to put out a proper request from you to get material ready…and since this was basically Gigi’s show for Trolley, i was not thinking in advance that maybe this would be a good venue for our forum…we could have easily done shows for Rafal, Eric, Erica, Panos, James, Audrey, etc with just a bit of advance planning…

    i think what should happen now is that i should have at all times Quicktime movies of all of the essays here that are in development …all on my desktop and ready to go at any time…i am always in a variety of venues where a spontaneous showing of your work could be so good for you…

    BUT, all work from you to me MUST be delivered without a single glitch…

    if Mike has to start building, or changing or is back and forth on the phone with you to make it work, then he gets very frustrated and i do not blame him…it just becomes overwhelming…when we do our student slide shows it is much easier because we start from scratch from the original files..even then, there is a lot of last minute scrambling, but at least we are set up for that throw that sort of production into our “normal” day or to try to do what we tried to get going at the last minute last night, just becomes an incredible burden on Mike, who is as unflappable as they come, but still there is a “break point” even for him…

    however, everyone should take heart…Gigi and i will probably team up again soonest…i have several really great venues coming up where i can show your work…and i have some ideas in my head for some weekend seminars out of my loft and the Kibbutz is surely now in New York one of THE places to be for the showing of contemporary work…

    the audience was just buzzing last night….so start thinking about your work in terms of a good slide show…

    i will do all i can to get you shown in the most respectful way….

    cheers, david

  • BOB….

    some very good news ..

    and just minutes after my last comment..

    as always, life is all about timing, timing and timing..

    Gigi is staying here with his girlfriend, but i got Gigi a rare moment..he usually does not stop moving …but he watched BONES OF TIME…from beginning to end…with coffee..sober…it was off my desktop, but with good sound and it looked terrific…you kept his attention and he liked the work..he asked about you..what you did and where you were from…his only critical comment was that he thought the slide show was “a bit long”…but this comes from a man with a very short attention span and i suspect he looks at even more work than do i…anyway amigo, you were shown in quite a unique way and in “good mood”…you should follow through at some point with Gigi…i will keep him “reminded” as well…also, with your permission, i will post “BONES OF TIME” in my “movies” section…

    all is well that ends well…good show!!

    cheers, david

  • Maybe that’s your title, TIMING.

  • Or should I say, OUR title? As in all of us?

  • And now, from deepest left field, a wholly off the point comment that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the subject at hand…

    Squirrels, I think we can all agree, are cheerful little rodents, despite their somewhat untoward personal habits, such as associating with a moronic moose, eating through power lines during the World Series, and dropping dead in inconvenient places. They do not, it seems, time their collective demises to cause the maximum amount of hullabaloo, unlike, for example, the three toed sloth, a species known for rousing itself vigorously from its usual torpor when in extremis, the better to crash elegant dinner parties, where the afflicted sloth will expire in a loud and grotesque manner on the dining room floor between the soup and the main course. So common, and so incredibly annoying, is this slothful behavior that many caterers in South American countries employ platoons of heavily armed guards and deploy them around the mansions of the local elites with orders to shoot any terminal sloth in the neighborhood on sight in order to keep the beast from upsetting the guests. Squirrels, being, in the main, a fairly polite species as rodents go, would just as soon not annoy anyone with their passing. However, this deep modesty on their parts has the unfortunate effect of making squirrels cringe at the very thought of going to a doctor when they are not feeling well and leads them to delay medical assistance until there is nothing veterinary science can do for them. This leads inexorably to squirrels dropping dead in the most unexpected places at the most equally unexpected times.

    I bring this bit of squirrel-like (my apologies for not looking up a suitably Latinate word for squirrelly behavior; it has been a long day) trivia to your attention because for the past few days I and everyone else who labors in the egregious mold pit have had to endure an olfactory assault of almost unprecedented ferocity, said assault led by a squirrel who chose to become an ex-squirrel somewhere near this mycological breeding grounds’ heating and air conditioning units, causing all who enter this place to stop for a moment as they pass through the front door and say, “What the hell is that disgusting stench?!” Given that I have just survived attempts by my respiratory and digestive (unless the gall bladder is in some other system, preferably in a star system far, far away annoying Darth Vader instead of me) systems to kill me, the last thing I need at this point is to spend all day long smelling a damn squirrel that ran face first into the fate I somehow managed to avoid. I’m still feeling a bit under the weather, but the prognosis is excellent, thank you very much. On the other hand, Christmas, and with it the relatives, is coming; things will be getting worse before they start getting any better. You can bet the ranch on that one, boys and girls.

    In any case, and here we are about to do a major zig along with a minor zag with a permission slip from its parents subject wise—I really don’t feel like complaining about the squirrel now; just thinking about it is hurting my still sore nasal passages—and talk about deer, which stink even worse than squirrels do when deceased but have the good sense not to drop dead on this dump’s roof. The Vampire State, which, as you may know, is a longtime protection racket prevalent in the northeastern section of this our Great Republic, has somehow managed to count the entire population of deer residing within the state borders. Some 840,000 deer live here, which is more deer than I believe there are people in Montana, penguins in Monaco, or Hasidic porn stars in Manhattan Beach. Indeed, there are so many deer here that if the state legislature, as wise and distinguished a mob of two bit peculating malfeasant goniffs who ever got caught with both hands grabbing away in the public till, chose to extend the franchise to them, this state would rate another vote in the Electoral College.

    I do not think we have to worry about the legislature pandering for the ungulate vote as yet, but if Caligula could make his horse a senator then there’s no telling what those clowns would do if they thought no one was watching. The deer vote should be fairly easy to come by, I think—as far as I can tell, the only thing that deer want from this state’s political classes is the right to eat my mother’s shrubbery at all hours of the day and night and to crap all over my lawn whenever they feel like it. I appreciate—don’t think for a second that I don’t—the fact that I haven’t had to put store-bought fertilizer on my lawn for I don’t know how many years now, but I would like to walk from one end of my driveway to the other without having to think long and hard about the driveway’s extreme lack of traction.

    Still, what really intrigues me here is the number itself: 840,000. I know that round numbers are, in and of themselves, inherently unbelievable, but the idea that the Vampire State could even semi-accurately count the number of deer resident here when it doesn’t know how much money it has (allegedly) stashed in the state treasury strains, and strains well past credulity, the psychic breaking point of all but the most moronic of the citizenry. If this is the state’s number, then in all likelihood the real population is anywhere between three and five times higher than this. You will, no doubt, scoff at this and ask how this could be so, and if I lived someplace else, I might agree with you. But I don’t live somewhere else: I live here. I don’t know how they missed the extra deer—maybe the deer disguised themselves as illegal immigrants, aspiring actors, or suicidal hedge fund managers—but I know the state missed them. That’s just the way things work here. To believe otherwise would call my sanity into question, I think, and lead to other unpleasant repercussions, like becoming a hog caller or an insurance salesman, a thought that sends chills of fear shooting down my spine and is, I am sure, a prospect you find equally frightening as well.

  • David,

    I would be happy to provide you with the files. Just tell me how many, what format, etc and i can get it to you within a week or two. I was ofcourse working on the assumption that I would be editing this for the EPF and maybe the magazine so I had not begun working on editing yet. I wish now I had.

  • DAVID :)))))

    firstly, of course, you can post Bones under the movie section!! It would be an honor and pleasure for me to share it with the blog and readers. Without hesitation, you can put it up and i would love to hear what others thing! :))

    As for the private show with Gigi, I cannot begin to thank you for this and i just feel humbled and honored that you took the time to let him see it and to let it stick. I will indeed, follow up and do whatever it is I can to talk to him. As for not having Bones shown last night, in no way am I worried or sad or disappointed. Quite the opposite, the simple fact that you even thought about me and the work is more important to me as a member of this community, as a photographer and as a friend. Your unwavering support and putting-yourself-out-there generosity has been and remains a remarkable inspiration to each of us and the fact that you made the effort to get this work shown to people is a testament to your love and faith and that is all that matters to me.

    On another positive note, it’s now clear that I need to upgrade Iphoto (since my version is older) and/or to use Imovie, which i had done last night too, but the file was 2GB and i figured that was too small. The major learning lesson for me, as you point out, is that each of us must be prepared to have material ready at the drop of a hat. that’s what i’d explained to M when i ran from meditation to home to try and make the film for the projection.

    In the end, i just want you to know how grateful and thankful I am for this and for Gigi’s reaction.

    All’s well with me and that now you have a copy on your desk makes me happy! :))))))…

    thank you for everthing David, profoundly~! )))


  • David – so good to finally meet you – though briefly. The space, the vibe, the whole presentation was very special. I hope to be back for the next event and maybe we can meet one-on-one one of these days. All best with emerge – if you need some additional photo editors – I’d be interested in participating.

    All best,
    Jonathan Elderfield

  • DAH

    thank you for another wonderful gathering..the work aside, I feel blessed to be able to just sit quietly on the couch and look around the room at the people I have come to know, to be able to drink in the moment and know that the community is real; and to see the faces and smiles of those who i have yet to meet..

    I need to go out of state tomorrow for a few days, but if the meeting at the loft is early I might be able to come..can you post details about when that will happen?

    And of course looking forward to showing you the work that has been underway..both to pull it together for the epf deadline and to start to organize something for you to have in the form of a slideshow, sitting glitch-less, on your desktop..

  • I wonder if Bonix Software would offer a group discount (filtered through the EPF) for FotoMagico, to get everyone interested on the same page for slideshow packages and Quicktime movies. Would that make Mike’s life easier?


    it was a pleasure to finally meet you as well…come to our meeting tomorrow morning if you have time…or, just send me an e-mail or a note here and we can set up a time to meet one on one…as you know, i am a fan of your work..


    i lost you at the end last night, but always a pleasure to have you on hand…i was thinking the same…just soaking it all up…

    we will start at about 10am tomorrow morning…please come if possible…right now we will have Eric, Anton, young Tom, David M. by phone and i can’t remember now who else..oh yes, maybe Andrew??

    hope to see you…

    cheers, david


    YIPPEE!!!!! It happened!!! SUGAR and BONES were seen by the best in the business, and were received with loud applause in Anton’s case and rapt attention in Bob’s. Both of these projects deserve to be seen by the world. And they will! Trust me, friends, THEY WILL.

    David Alan Harvey creates amazing opportunities, not just for himself but for all of us, his students/friends/companions. A wizard, yes, but more importantly, an extraordinarily unselfish man. Thank you, dear David, for being who you are and doing what you do.


  • Phone might end up being better, but if we can connect by video conference through iChat, that would be pretty cool. My AIM screen name is riverlife68.

  • Mine’s There’s also Skype which is photohumourist though I’ll likely be on the move tomorrow. I might just listen in if you go this route and I’m at home.

    Any thoughts, David, on my name suggestions posted overleaf?

    i saw this on Amy Stein’s blog
    (her website: She’s a super-legit youngish art photog and teacher:

    Here are the details:
    The Camera Club of New York invites emerging photographers, who are not enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or certificate photo programs, to apply for a three-month residency at its Manhattan facility at 336 W. 37th St. Suite 206. A jury will select four residents for 2009.

    Please send a CD with 10 images, jpg files only at 72dpi, approx.1024 x 768 pixels (no more than 1 MB), with cv (hard copy) and separate image description list (title, date, medium, dimension–hard copy, please) and any support materials to Camera Club of New York, 336 W. 37th St, Suite 206, NY, NY 10018-4212 by Dec. 13th (postmark deadline.)

    Applications may also be dropped off (through a mail slot in the door.) Please be sure to label your CD and include SASE for return of materials. Decisions will be announced by Dec. 23. The first residency begins Jan 1, 2009.

    For questions, email us at
    By the way, it won’t cost you a thing to enter. Read more about it on the CCNY Web site.

    Good luck to all you young emergers!


  • Seems like it was a very nice evening! Shame that I live on the wrong side of the world. We have the Magnum holiday book party on the 15th too. NYC seems to be the place where things are happening. Glad to hear your reports though!


  • SORRY!!!!

    Link to the CCNY website:


  • RAFAL…

    do not worry…as i said, there will be other opportunities of equal importance…and, i did not think of it either….overall, we are making all of this up as we go along…just think back to where we started and all that has happened have been here all along and i so so appreciate it..but, mostly you have responded to all of our discussions, on line and in person, and have created a significant body of work..this will manifest itself in something very special very soon…


    i feel so bad that we did not have a good enough rendering of your show..i still might be able to show Gigi some of it anyway later this afternoon, but that is anything but a sure thing…he flies out tonight…i have two crazy busy days ahead of me..Mike and i need to be on location in upstate New York at 5am on friday for an ad shoot and i have our all day magazine meeting tomorrow with our forum members…Anton and Eric coming this afternoon and i cannot remember what else!!! Oh yes, meeting at Ogilvy for the ad shoot this afternoon is Anton going to get in my apartment?? hmmmm, see what i mean?? one good thing about this blog that is truly an added benefit…it is a diary…so, i can remember what in hell happened!!!

    many thanks for your compliments…in trying to do the right thing, i do many wrong, always please cut me some slack here and there…good intentions do not always lead to good results, but i do try…and , of course, the pay back/pay forward concept does work!!! if anyone knows that it is you dear Patricia….

    i value our friendship…the work we may do is just a bonus….

    hugs, david

  • well .. congrats to BOBUS and ANTON THE GREAT..

    two of the most deserving..

    get in there .. .. .. .. ..


    THANKS so very much for the kind and generous words…i dont have time to write now, so i’ll just leave you all part of what i sent David this morning…(not all, some has to stay private ;))) ), but it’s an expression of how i feel toward david and toward ya’ll


    David and Michael:

    this will have to be quick, as im running to start class and i’ve just left a message at the blog. Firstly, i want to thank you so much for taking the time and effort to show Gigi the quicktime movie this morning. it means an incredible amount too me. that he enjoyed it and was intrigued is a lovely thing to hear, but more importantly to me is the effort, kindness, generosity that you extended to me to get him to see it. Last night was insane, and i just want to let you know that i am not disappointed at all not to have had the stuff shown. if anything, i feel disappointed that i let you and michael down. i dont know shit about technology and for the life i me i have no idea why those original files i sent 2 weeks ago were corrupted, marina and i still have not fitgured out what happened with StuffIt….but well…also, last night, with dima, i scrambled like hell to make a quicktime moview. i made a great one in Imovie, but the file was 2Gb and i couldnt send it too large, and since stuffit doesnt work now, i had no way to compress to send it….so, iphoto was my only option to make a quicktime movie and i only had the version that showed at 700×480 which is probably not big enough to project…i know that from when i did those projections….so, now when i get extra money, im gonna buy new iphoto software and new compression sofware. Michale: any recommendations???…

    this is what i wrote Patricia this morning before work

    it’s morning, darkness being spread thin by light….i dont know if bones ever got show either…almost like fate; ))))…the original file i’d sent david and mike apparently was corrupted, and so i got a call (just before meditation), so i had dima talk to david (which i think both enjoyed :)) ), and i ran home, stressed, across the night and ice, and made a iphoto movie and then uploaded to usendit and then sent to david…when i talked to david, he was already showing philip jones griffith so, i dont know if mike was ever able to download bones and screen it…so, who knows……last night i was like, wow, o bones is a stubborn beast ;)), and then praying praying it would work and get shown and then this morning i realized, well, it’s not that important, what was important was that David thought so much to help us and showed his love and commitment to do that, just as before, all i really cared about was giving him something that would make him proud and give him something that he could show the new yorkers and all the negative folks and say “see, this is what my blog can accomplish, good work from good people”…:))))…so, we’ll see what happened, but maybe bones didnt get shown either, and if not, i can live with that, im just so happy and thankful that david and i have become stronger, closer and more real friendship….and as i told him yesterday, my only goal now is to promote and help people whose work and frienship mean something to me: marina, your story, panos, lance/kelly, mike b, erica and all those whose work i want to see bloom :)))))

    today, all the stress seems like a distant memory and we realize that what matters is to have each other in our lives and to share our work and to make our work as testament to this crazy, mad, passing life…

    i am so thankful and honored that you did this for me….

    but more important than trolley or gigi or projection is friendship, after all the trolleys and projections disappear, it’s friendships that mean the most to me…


  • lastly, something from Rumi about how i feel and how i’ve always TRIED to live…and something, i think, that represents David and this blog…

    “You say you cant create something original? Dont worry about it. Make a cup of clay so your brother can drink…”-Rumi

  • Hmmm, wish I could of been there…. I hope CYPHER was still on the coffee table!


    Got your post man. drive safe and enjoy the book.


    After I posted about your Lords piece I went back and looked at all the rest of your work. An enjoyable evening to say the least. And re my comments I saw some of what I thought was a (bit) lacking in the Lords essay in your other work (the shooting through shapes, etc etc). I’m a huge fan of Alex Webb myself – have you seen his Istanbul book? Just blew me away, esp having spent a week there myself this summer (on honeymoon).


    Good luck with the ad shoot! Wish I had one of those myself!



    I feel like it all happened/happens as it should. Timing is everything! You and I gave it our best effort and that’s what counts. Besides, I feel incredibly honored that you even connsidered showing my work to Gigi and at last night’s gathering. That, my friend, is more than enough. Muchas gracias.

    Now, take three deep breaths because it sounds like you’re a whirlwind of activity these days. Take care of YOURSELF first of all…

    a big hug

  • dmc

    isn´t it?

    squirrels have been a passion of mine since i first discovered the way they lay their paws in your hand as they eat nuts.. cashews of course.. nothing but the best..

    i once gave a squirrel a flapjack, and perhaps a coronary, and it remains one of the best past-times – giving too much and watching them struggle up a tree with it.

    too much love can kill, after all.

    it got to the point that they would lay in ambush at the arboretum park in nottingham.. waiting.. waiting.. and then pouncing.

    my only sorrow in the whole squirrel debacle?

    the eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), which has almost completely displaced the native red squirrel, (sciurus vulgaris), from the british isles.. with only ireland, true to form, bearing more than a backward glance towards tradition and the importance of what has gone before…

    the grey is almost a psychotically genocidal race of squirrel, and europe is now at risk… meaning.. perhaps i need to carry out a study-over-time.. bemoaning the loss and educating to the risk of trusting the greys..

    a risk i have fallen for on too many occasions.. misplacing trust on a creature incapable of understanding the gift which i approached it bearing.

    perhaps persecution is wrong, though.. after all.. thems have such diddy paws and eyes to melt for.


    it´s whiskey..
    and my beloved family have left me for a week to christmas-early with the grandparents, while i toil on educating those who thought photography came with a cool pair of trainers…

  • ahh, bob..

    enjoy.. deserved.. love the pressure as i know you do.. can..

    skypename is ´bophoto´.. would be good craig to have a chat at some point.

  • wow….

    i am just so happy and proud of everyone —

    patricia, bob, anton –
    all you chicadees growing up
    and spreading your wings out
    into the world
    under the watchful and supportive eye
    of daddy DAH.

    you all have really moved me today.
    i think i grew a little too
    just watching it all.


    love this family..



  • katia

    with respect, i have to take up the point of family, because i don´t think this is.. and i think the perception that it is such will produce an exclusive feel to which newcomers, of which we were all, will shy away from.

    lets start at home.

    i think what we have here is a devoted and passionate group of individuals from vastly disparate circumstances who are drawn together through a love and passion for photography.. a complete intoxication from the desire to produce imagery which speaks to others of our own lives and of those closest to us.

    i really wanted to believe this place was indeed a family, but frankly there are glitches in the idea.. in so far as a family contains a group of people unified by absolute unconditional love and respect.. and this forum is not that.

    okay.. i am sounding like a downer but please be gracious enough to bear with me, all..

    in this circumstance it is better that we are NOT family.. it is better that the ethos running through this blog is of unconditional respect and motivation, something i have, (from experience), known to be quite apart from the idea of family, with parents who project wants and inebriate themselves with power, (not WHISKEY).

    it is a personal perspective and i accept criticism.. actually i love it..

    my circumstance could not be farther from what is going on here.. here there is a compulsion to interact.. be it ego led, passion led, led by hope or a willingness to learn or be it from an incapability to not connect with photography which we all love so well.

    and so..
    names for the magazine online.. as a flow of conscious, drunken and completely unaware exercise.. as a recollection of the terms used daily working photography.


    lost invoice..


    i like ´raw´ now.


    In all the excitement over last night’s Trolley slideshow I’d missed your message. What a MOMENT!!! And you captured it perfectly! Thank you for choosing to take a photo over having a conversation. Your photo of this Great Man is one of the most life-like I’ve ever seen. Too often the Dalai Lama is portrayed as a prayerful but not animated man. Once, years ago, I experienced his gentle yet powerful energy at a huge gathering in An Arbor, Michigan. You captured what I felt then. Good work, my friend!


  • david b–

    i only spoke from my heart.
    that can’t be faulted.
    and we are all family to me.
    every being on this earth
    is my family member.
    this is how i live my life.


  • there is a universal understanding katia – for sure.. we are all part of a whole, and ´one´ while at the same time existing within our own understanding and comprehension..

    my point was just regarding the EPF, magazine and the like.. and what i thought healthy withing such a construct..

    apologies for any misunderstanding.. i am, after all, 1/4 of whiskey down.

    and enjoying..

  • “…a genocidally psychotic race…” I always thought those little bastards looked more than a little Nazi-ish.

  • akaky – the weird thing is that the grey is much more approachable than the red..

    were i to hold the red squirrels so dear i would not doubt be torn limb from limb by rabid animals intent upon the dissection of the human race..

    while the greys?
    ahh.. they just love having eating my nuts..

  • Been away for some time (really had strong reasons for it). But coming back and read all of you -just this post, can’t go through all the olders now- gave me a warm feeling. Was like, in a way, coming back home. And well…. I just wished I was in NYC and share a special night with David and the otheres. I hope some day I will finally join you there.

    So, hello again, congratulations for all the work that you guys are doing (that’s fantastic!) and keep it high. If there is something I can help, just ring my bell :-)



    Ps- Oh, my new website is already “on the road”

  • LANCE,
    got your info…
    i’ll call U when in San Antonio…
    i think Austin is about 30min away…
    i’ll drive myself there…
    i always wanted to have a cold beer in Austin…
    see you soon…

  • …and so the skill at typing gets lower and lower for me..

    wkhseiy and waht she deos 2 me.

  • ANA

    You’ve been missed, my dear sister. Just know you have a seat a this table at all times.Hope all is well with you.


    Your message touches me deeply. And yes, I also try to live in this world as a sister, daughter, mother, grandmother to all. When we speak of this blog community as being “family” that means ALL are welcme here.


    Whatever brings you back to us, whether whiskey, missing your dear Beate and Tor Capa, or some combination of the two, please know your presence is always a special treat. Yes, I see you over at the Magnum blog but, hell man, I sure do miss your wonderful wise ways over here. I’m not intending to pressure you but just saying like I feel it.


  • David – thanks for having us; the work was inspiring and we had a lot of fun. Very cool to be in NY….Hoffman and I rolled into DC about 5 am and managed to successfully soldier on through the day….so worth it.

  • david b (“in so far as a family contains a group of people unified by absolute unconditional love and respect..” ) sure wish more of us had been born into this expression of a T is a blessed little guy

  • DAVID – i am so glad the Gigi night went off well. i posted it on facebook – and some of my friends did make it there. i wish i could have been there – i love trolley books.

    i met Gigi at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year. i introduced myself, told him i was a friend of DAH and Italian… he hugged me and gave me a copy of PJG Vietnam book. sweet guy.

    also i will be in nyc for new years and that weekend. will call you…

    glad you showed Sugar – i love that project.


  • Thanks DAH and PLD for taking a look and leaving a comment on my two day attempt of a photographic essay.

    I am restless now…frustrated…impatient…

    Looking ..always looking…and I want more than two days to focus on a project!

    When I did the Magnum workshop with Chris Anderson here in Toronto, I took a week off from work to attend, and the sweetest part of it was being able to get in that groove and ride it for the entire week. Heaven really…

  • Hello all! This is my first time posting. I only recently came across these posts and have been reading them over the past week. My good friend, Nick, texted me from the Kibbutz last night. He was informing me that he was there. Nick knows of my love for David’s work. In fact, I believe I introduced Nick to “Cuba”. So, when I received the text, I felt it was a sign for me to get involved. The time is now. David was my first real influence from the world of photojournalism. When his images from Cuba first appeared in NG, it made an everlasting impression on me. I still frequently turn to “Cuba”, right along with Robert Frank’s “The Americans” for inspiration. I fell out of love with photography some years ago for various reasons. Although I kept working in the field, I didn’t feel the passion that was once there. Perhaps it was my job, my relationships or my other passion, music. I’ve always tried to balance both passions. Sometimes one overtakes the other. I think I’m getting better at balancing both, but photo has come back in a big way. And I’m determined to meet my goals and to make art. I will leave this post with an idea for the name of the magazine…”Silverlight”. There’s a great song, “Painted Silver Light” from the band, Gov’t Mule. Two of the main ingredients in a B+W print are silver and light. I guess this is me combining my two passions. Thank you to David and to all who make this site possible. Best regards, DV

  • Catching up…I like…Emerge….Burn….Raw….Road Trip…
    I think there is a lot of power in just that one perfect word, but what about an idiomatic expression / Play on words like:

    *** In A Different Light ***
    *** Frame of Mind ***

  • Dear David Allan Harvey,

    I was the winner of your self-portrait contest back in June, but I have still yet to receive an email from you or the print.

    I’ve only been in contact with another member here, who has been kind enough to relay my messages to you. It would be nice if you can follow up with your contest and actually deliver the said prize.

    I am still very much looking forward to receiving your print. If you like you can reach me at

    thank you

  • Les,

    no offense but maybe the onus should have been on you to get in touch with David months ago when you won personally. Thats quite a rude message to leave.

  • Hi all,

    Here is some news images of my parents
    I quickly developed, sorry for the bad quality…

    Best regards, audrey

  • LES..

    did you ever contact David or Michael directly? I tried to pass on your messages but best way to be in touch is by you writing here yourself, and you do have to be patient. That said I recall emailing you that DAH said the print had been sent.

  • David – sorry not to be able to make the emerge meeting today – it sounds very exciting. I must go to my day job at AP, however! Maybe we can try to meet next week if you are around. Feel free to email me – when you are available. I’d love to give you a copy of the catalog with my Chicago street work – and show you the book dummy for that material. Maybe we can discuss emerge and I can find a way to participate.


  • AUDREY.. those are such ‘feel-good’ images. such a nice sight this morning, very sweet. i like 4 and 7… but i like them all this morning thank you.

  • hey all – i am on my way to Austin today for work…. will see Lance and Kelly while i am there!!!

  • Jonathan Elderfield – Looked at your website: good work. As soon as I saw your “Living Under South Street” page I remembered you (no good with names but I remembered the photographs). I saw your work on the Digital Journalist site and remembered your use of the Hasselblad X-Pan camera. Are you shooting digital now?


    Mike R.

  • Interesting that your CUBA work has been mentioned recently.. What a strong body of work David, that greatly influenced many… Myself included, put me on a 10 year journey.. Thanks for your images, your talent, your energy and your passion that inspires so many.. what a gift.. thanks for sharing…. in lux, wendy xox

  • LES…

    we sent you a signed archival print as per promised by way of Fed Ex…when we sent out all the prizes we checked and according to Fed Ex records everything we sent was received at the other end..someone at your address signed for this package…

    this is the second time i have tried to communicate with you…

    i think the problem is that you have never contacted us directly and are for some reason trying to communicate with me through another blogger… ????????

    if you contact me directly, or simply leave your address here, we will send you another print..but, as i have said at least twice here, i sure would like to know what happened to the original print….you can really help us to track this by calling me personally 202 413-1137…

    this is a valuable signed print…it is in both of our best interests for you to please please write to me here…i really love your self portrait photograph and i really want you to have the print….

    please help us…

    many thanks, david

  • What template are you running on this site ? I really like it. Could you post where you got it from ?

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