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.


147 Responses to “Sydney Photo Fest”

  • Last year investing in art beat stock investments. Seems that the special edition Rio is the way to go!,9171,2104838,00.html

  • 2011 finished with a bang, 2012 starts with a bang!! Can’t wait!

  • Its never too early to start researching for the Bondi workshop……

    Seems like a good place for a cold one !

  • Dave – fly in through Darwin and road trip down to Sydney…you know it makes sense!
    I’d love to see an essay on the rare and endangered fish, the Blind Mullett, which used to be everywhere off the east coast.

    Take it from our Prime Minister

  • Wish I could be in Sydney at that time. Looks great. Imantz student exhibit would be fun to see, too.

  • Building a extension to the Tassie pickers hut……. a view from the throne ……

  • Imants,

    That looks like Egg Island down the Huon…

  • Yea that it is a click or two south of Franklin

  • a civilian-mass audience

    I told you my AUSSIES…we are coming over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    dammnit..we are good:)!

  • Yay! So its official you are making it to this side of the world!

    I am having a show that opens at Index Gallery on May 5th… Buddha’s Birthday and I reckon an after party to the Head On Portrait Prize and your launch David…

    Would love you to come to the opening…

    I have told everyone in town that you are the Human Conga Line so for them to get prepared to par-tee!

    Glad you are coming to Bondi… the only place to be in Sydney… I will be loving to see the results of that workshop…

    And I am so happy that used this image for the poster. I loved it when I saw it on Facebook but now its bigger on my screen it looks even better.

    Big Excitement Sydney! Can’t wait!!!!


    actually yes…the inquiries i am getting on this will make it gone almost before it exists…each box/book will be different..i am really going for the hand crafted one of a kind look feel yet the subject is a dream not pretentious casual autobiographical yet about us all….


    oh you KNOW we are going to have a time!! congrats on your show…and of course i will be there for you…


    working out nicely for our reunion in Oz it seems…really looking forward…you have new work?? slasher is back!!


    send me soonest link to a 20-30 picture slide show w audio …you have such a thing?


    no worries…your kids #1 thing i would wish from you…yet i am trying to get everyone a spot…

  • ¡¡ǝʌoן oʇ ʇou ʇɐɥʍ

    ɹǝpunuʍop ɥɐp
    ɹǝpunuʍop uɹnq

  • Email sent.
    Reserving mine before it’s too late!

  • SAM!!! :)))))

    (I do remember I owe you an answer, just arrived back home, will write tomorrow, promise!)

  • And that’s just the beginning!!!No doubt it’ll be the best time: emotional, funny, Burnians. So many exciting things to come
    And Imants …we’ll all be looking forward for your students exhibition. Im sure ,based on their teacher, they’ll bring a great creative original show

  • hey everyone, i have a tech question…i just printed at home a 40×60 inch ink jet print of the picture on this post…from the GF1…..shot in super bright sunlight at iso 800…everybody knows that camera is no good past iso 400..i usually make that camera an iso 100 camera….most of my upcoming piece in NatGeo on OBX was shot on the GF1 at 100…so why was i shooting on the beach at 800? because it was the only way i could get this look…i tried every white balance w the Nikon and every iso number, but only the GF1 gave me this look..ok sure somebody could have made it look like whatever they want w Photoshop…but i do not know how to use photoshop, i am in in camera type…film shooter…anyway, my question is: why is this photo so so grainless?? it looks like i shot it at 100. is it just the bright sunlight aspect? anyway, nice 60×40 from a point and shoot camera set on the “wrong” iso…

  • David; probably because it was shot in bright light. My D300 seems to produce lower “noise” (at high iso’s) in brighter light than in the dark. I accidentally shot some images at 1000iso a little while ago on a bright sunny day; they were no where near as “noisy” as 1000 in the dark.

  • Noise is always much more prominent and obvious in shadows.

  • David, I suspect Ross is right. I would think you would still have a lot of noise in the shadows with that ISO, unless they just went to black in the bright sun and you shot it like a chrome.

    BTW, just submitted a link to an essay. Just so there is no confusion, I thought this might make a nice short intermission from more serious work. Not sure if there is any interest in that but I figured Burn can still have a little fun :))

  • David download the latest beta lightroom 4 (free for a little while) and use their grain filter, plus the new highlight/shadow sliders are a great addition as you can force a bit of noise with the highlights slider. Get someone to show you lightroom you will be an ace in less than 2 hours as long as you learn only what you need……

  • David

    I’ll second and third the view that the apparent lack of grain stems from shooting in
    bright and even light. If you’re original RAW was exposed towards the ‘over-exposed’ side of
    the scale then that would also benefit grain presence.
    Shooting in daylight vs. artificial light also could be a contributing factor. As I understand it,
    certain artificial light sources clip different parts of the spectrum effectively forcing the camera or software to ‘push’ the compromised portion increasing noise.

    That said, I bet this pic would look great with a fake border :)

  • You could send a image to someone via the wwwdot world and they can have a play, just send another with the desired result.

  • I think it’s also a function of shutter speed. The longer the pixels are waiting for photons to hit in the dark, the more they start screaming for their food. Was the image shot at a high speed?

  • i accidentally shot photos on ISO 2500 (at the beach, ) in an M8 (1/8000 sec)( anything over 640 a big no, no…)and everything came out pretty cool….i think i’ll repeat that “accidental settings” again soon though..loved it!

  • “why is this photo so so grainless?? it looks like i shot it at 100. is it just the bright sunlight aspect? anyway, nice 60×40 from a point and shoot camera set on the “wrong” iso…”

    I know it was not intended, but man that is one great advert for Panasonic! Ha-ha!

  • DAVID,

    there is no grain in electronic photography. It is called noise and comes from the signal gain in low signal environments. i.e. if there is low light, it has to be boosted and that creates the noise, because everything is put to a higher level, signal-wise. Noise in electronic photography is usually colored, which makes picture s look bad. Using high ISO in bright environments therefore brings you always to the safe side with a digital camera.

  • David,

    You are a gentleman and a scholar, sir!

    Thanks so much for saying you will be there for me…

    Thats like music to my ears, being having a rather rough trot lately (a couple of years in fact) and just when I thought it was never going to get better I saw your kind words…

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou and I will absolutely make sure the red carpet is rolled out for you on this one! (And if I can arrange it maybe we can get you the ‘Keys to the City’ as well…hehehehe…)

    Cheers and thankyou so much…

    The tech question? I would have no idea! I just love the shot and the colours…

  • thomas ….many thanks for the info …….

  • many thanks for the tech answers …i take heed…

    seems like a combo of stuff…fast shutter speed in very hot flat no shadow light and over exposure to begin with all helped to make this a no noise picture even with the small sensor and a very high iso for this particular camera…

    the other thing i just could not figure out was why i could not get this result with the D700…no matter what i did , the D700 would not give me this look…yes, yes i am sure Photoshop would change that in a nanosecond (yes?) but for right out of the camera zero manipulation , the GF1 gave me the look i wanted…NO I AM NOT SELLING PANASONIC….never met a single soul at that company….i bought my GF1 just like everyone else…and for the record the D700 is the most amazing workhorse camera i have had….

  • As far as exposure goes, forget photoshop, get it right in camera, just as you always have. Photoshop is like a darkroom. You can get creative there, but if you don’t have the info to work with, your options are limited. Fixing mistakes is very time consuming and often not entirely successful.

  • DAVID,

    I assume the D700 gave you more saturated colors and a more weighted exposure.
    Not sure, but my assumption is that it goes with the quality of the chip, where none of the chips are bad, however, the processors in the Nikon Chip work differently as the Panasonic, and we have to understand the signal processing in this very bright / high iso environment is at its limits. (as you can also see with the white spots), I could imagine, the Nikon has some power limiters built in to avoid “blinding” of the pixels by submitting too much light to them. (This is only half-knowledge, someone with a deeper knowledge of electronics certainly can explain this much better)

  • Numbers are everywhere these days, usually very large numbers meant to impress the heck out of us, and to tell the truth, a good many people do find big numbers impressive. I don’t think too many people would think much of McDonalds if their signs said hundred served or thousands served or a couple of guys from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey showed up last Wednesday for a burger and some fries and argued about whether or not they wanted to get a vanilla or a chocolate shake with that. No, we want to see the billions and billions served sign outside under the golden arches, as if the late Carl Sagan was the founder and leading shill for the fast food giant and there was a Big Mac for every star in the cosmos.

    Once upon a time in America, McDonalds’ signs would actually tell you how many burgers they’d served. There’d be two billion one year and four billion the next year and so on and so forth, until the total number of served burgers exceeded the total population of the planet Earth by a factor of about a dozen or so. They stopped giving a specific number after that, because if it’s clear that everyone on Earth should have gotten at least one burger by now and they haven’t gotten it, then it’s equally clear, given the evidence available at my local Wal-Mart every Saturday afternoon, that a whole lot of people in this neck of the woods and maybe elsewhere as well have gone back for seconds and thirds and maybe a couple orders of super-sized French fries as well.

    Other numbers try to deceive us, while others do their level best to scare us silly. The Russian writer Vassily Aksyonov once wrote that Americans are in love with horrifying statistics, the scarier the better. There is a book, the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which is so full of horrifying statistics that I am surprised it is not permanently number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The book gives the number of annual homicides and the ten leading causes of death in the United States and the number of illegitimate births and just how many alcoholics and diabetics and broken homes and the numbers on so many varieties of social dysfunction that reading it is guaranteed to keep you up to all hours of the night wondering what’s going to come first, hell or the hand basket. In fact, with so much social dysfunction going on from one end of our great republic to the other, it is amazing that anyone can call the average American family average anymore, since the last twelve people this description applies to will, no doubt, shortly wind up on a television talk show trying to explain the odd behavior of average people to millions of uncomprehending viewers.

    Prices are another set of deceptive numbers, but we are usually all too willing to go along with them, although most people are loath to admit it. We want the deception; we know the seller is lying to us, he knows that we know he is lying, and we all pretend otherwise. The only reason that the whatever it is you want and shouldn’t buy with the kids’ lunch money is priced at $99.99 is that you want to tell yourself later that you got it for less than a hundred dollars, thereby negating the very loud and voluble complaints of whoever it is that’s going to hit the roof when you tell them that little Johnny is going to have to beat up some smaller kid for their money or do without lunch this week. The deception here suits the buyer just fine for the time being. Regrets will come later when the bill arrives and the warranty on the whatever it is he bought runs out, which usually occurs simultaneously, something that doesn’t happen in nature very often.

    Part of the problem with the barrage of numbers we face these days is that it takes a truly staggering number to get our attention anymore, and numbers that big have a problem of their own: people tend to tune them out after the first two or three times they hear them. That’s because all such numbers tend to be even numbers, and even numbers are inherently less believable than odd numbers. I’ve seen any number of hucksters claim that they’ve changed tens of thousands of lives with whatever it is they’re selling and that you too, for the paltry sum of $49.99 can join this happy horde of unspecified tens of thousands as well. These guys seldom do well and after a few years of beating their heads against the wall quit the racket entirely and go into another, better paying field of criminal endeavor like loansharking or politics. There is a simple explanation for their failure: even the most unintelligent of potential suckers sees in the invocation of the unspecified tens of thousands something of the slippery and therefore the phony. No one believes this con artist because no one believes his even numbers. But how much closer to getting your money would this guy be if instead of some incredibly vague even number he could look you straight in the eye and say that you too could have entire life changed, just as the 267,439 other people who’ve had their lives and their bank balances changed by him and the whatever flummery / pie in the sky / swampland in Florida / week old fish he is peddling this week.

    The odd / even number conundrum is known to science, who regrets ever meeting the conundrum or loaning him that money to get his car repaired. During the nineteenth century, members of a British surveying team calculated that Mount Everest stood exactly 29,000 feet high. Confronted with the unlikelihood that anyone would believe such a round and even number, the members of the surveying team added another couple of feet onto the mountain so no one would question their calculations. But this false standard could not stand forever, not in the face of modern science. The Himalayas are young pups by mountain standards, only a few million years old at most, a product of India’s having one too many on a Saturday night and colliding with Asia out in the parking lot. In 1999, the National Geographic Society and some organization from Boston that wasn’t the Red Sox recalculated Everest’s height as 29,035 feet, which only goes to show you the extrordinary effect good nutrition and clean living will have on a growing boy. The wise and numerate reader will no doubt have noticed by now that the new height is neither unbelievably round or suspiciously even, but is rather a completely odd number, and therefore worthy of our respect as the acme of geological and topographical truth.

  • “They stopped giving a specific number after that, because if it’s clear that everyone on Earth should have gotten at least one burger by now and IF they haven’t gotten it…”

    must learn to proofread, dammit…

  • AKAKY,

    Welcome back, my man!!!

  • Postcard From Texas: What Happens When One Photographer Goes Right, One Goes Left

  • Glenn Campbell

    I loved the video clip “Homelands”.

  • PANOS:

    Hopefully you have seen my email from yesterday. Please let me know what’s happening.


    Justin P

  • Akaky,, you should be syndicated. :)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Hello BURNIANS…I am working hard…I wanna make it to Sydney!!!

    AUSSIES…what did I tell you ASSIES…we are coming over!

    AKAKIE…I broke my reading glasses…BUT when I say the lengthy post…I said to myself
    BOBBY or AKKAKYYY is back…oime

    SAMMY…What not to love ,amigi…WHAT NOT TO LOVE…

    break the rules…the answer to MR.HARVEY’S tech question= Break the rules!:))))))))

    be back…JOHNYG…You can sing now…or later or whenever…Viva!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    read proof…proof read…not my strong point:))))))))))))))))))

  • Justin, check your email!
    big hug

  • Our very own BURNIAN , Michael A Shapiro started something cool…check here…

  • It’s been two long years without heading out into the local sierra. I don’t feel exactly desperate to go back there and I have absolutely no intention of going unaccompanied and it will certainly will be a hassle with my long standing perpertual injury. But I’m highly curious to find out how I would or will approach it photographically. I don’t use a tripod anymore, I like grain, I don’t shoot in color anymore and my two years off work absolutely immersed in photography and Burn have changed me as a photographer. I’m convinced the journey back will be a lot more about me than any previous photographic rural excursions and best of all I’m under absolutely no pressure to produce work for others. It’s all about me myself the landscape and I.

  • Very cool, Michael. I hope you get the funds.

  • AKAKY…

    I don’t know what you think about natural remedies or medicaments in general, but do have a look into CURCUMIN.. best is ask a doctor or do a search online, I’m sure you can find the stuff in the States.. if you do, just check the real composition of the pills.. there are those less expensive, but you need to take more of them, and also that there’s nothing added that you don’t need. If you want or need more info, just send me an email: eva dot mbk at gmail dot com


    I am following your blog since quite a while, and I really like those little stories around you. The loft story is really great! I wished I could tell stories so good as you. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Last Friday, I learned that taking pictures can be a real relief. I asked my dentist, if I may take pictures, while she was working. I had a hole in a tooth, and there was a medical teeth cleansing. Taking the pictures, while something really uncomfortable happens, however makes the whole thing easier to handle.

    I’m waiting for the dentist to release the pictures, then I would link them here, too :)

  • Very cool about the fest!!


    come over when you can….all on the wall…your kind of thing believe me…text and we will set up a time

  • Erica..

    I missed the opening of your show in Bologna, was driving through the city just the day before.. how long will it be up? I’ll try to stop by when I drive through later in February..

  • the dentist released the pictures
    remove “show”, if you want to look at single pictures.

    had the camera prefocussed, and, well it really helped to distract me from what happened. :)

  • Thomas…

    I was cringing the entire show. So I suppose that means it was powerful! Love the shot with the blue light in your mouth.

  • hi burnians

    i’m doing some homework now: Gordon Lafleur, Michael A Shapiro, Imants Krumins – wich is kind of a thriller- and Head On Festival, of course.


  • Thomas….sweet!!!
    nice job!

  • Thomas..

    nice addidion to your self portrait series! Brrrrrrr!!


    talking about brrrrrrrr, it’s snowing, get the moon boots out!

  • addidion??? whre’s my braincell, yooohoooo??

  • Talking about shows.. I hope this one tours Europe:

    “It is foolish to change the vector of chaos. You shouldn’t try to control it, but fall into it. An artist cannot be nourished by self-will. Curiousity melts you down to the size of the lens’ opening-so you can slip into the unknown. «No one’s gone that far before» is the singular compliment for the insatiable imagination. It’s not a sin to get lost. You should lose your way, just be sure to find a way to get back ! The return after all, is the most touching- like Breu¬ghal’s hunters coming back to the hearth, or Rembrant’s prodigal son returning home. That is the heart of it all, at the end. But it starts, of course, with the feet!” -Gueorgui Pinkhassov

    And talking about ‘slipping into the unknown’ and losing and finding ways.. I wonder if DAH is on the way there or on the way back…

  • a civilian-mass audience

    EVA…I see you …in white:)
    THOMAS is in Athens…and since he came over…snow and cold and winds…oime
    those Germans:)))Love u THOMAS!

    and what are the moon boots?:)..hmmm…


    colour goes with the lipstick.. no wait.. we’ve moved to umbrella, bikini and glasses…

  • CIVI,

    everybody tells me, I’m bringing the weather. Be it Romania, who got an Ice-Rain, or be in Greece getting Snow and freezing temperatures… hm, slowly I start believing this. And this maybe become a cold summer in Greece … ;-)


    facebook , the new art police finds Witkin inappropriate and offensive….!!!!??/

  • If I had a list of preferred photographers, he’d be among those at the very top, Jacob Aue Sobol:

  • Eva…

    Thank you for the Jacob Aue Sobol link. Love the intimicacy and the harsh light and I find it all highly inspiring.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    THOMAS…our everyday IceMAN !!!:)
    summer?…do I smell an extension? are you coming NW?

    EVA…yes,JACOB.A.S…another true BURNIAN…!!!

    Happy 1st of February …so many birthdays…hmmm…how did I end up doing the Birthday aisle?:)))))


  • a civilian-mass audience

    Please, BURNIANS report any…events,exhibitions,gallery openings,book publishing…
    recipes,tech questions…

    Come ON…Show me what u got…
    AKAKY and JOHNYG,not you.nope…you are on civilian’s break:)))
    sending good energy to YOU and to ALL of YOU…
    my BURNING Fighters!

  • WORDS OF WISDOM ( little too late ;)

    “A leader wiser than Mrs. Merkel would build a stronger European Union by helping her neighbors grow their way out of debt, not squeeze them to the breaking point. A wise leader would also remind German voters that the prosperity of their own export-dependent economy requires sustained demand in neighboring countries.”

  • Thank you, Thomas. Oh, that dental chair is miserable place! Quite the story there. And now you are spreading cold around. Here, it has warmed up tremendously – but still colder than all that cold you spread.

    Eva, thanks for the link.

  • CIVI : ))

    “Hello BURNIANS…I am working hard…I wanna make it to Sydney!!!”

  • CIVI : ))

    “Hello BURNIANS…I am working hard…I wanna make it to Sydney!!!”

    we are waiting for you Civi and getting ready… ouzo, red wine, olives, chickens, smoke and lots of photos… saying a special prayer… dancing and yes you can sing : )

    big hug

  • a civilian-mass audience

    SAMMY…oh,SAMMY…that’s all I need to hear

    …”we are waiting for you Civi”
    we are coming over…and since we are traveling light…is that right ,MR.HARVEY?:))))…
    you better have some ouzo and chickens ready…

    oh,about chickens…hmmm…I lost 5 chickens last night…yeap…due to extreme weather conditions…
    not like FROSTFROG’S everyday life BUT…oime…EVA ,MY EVA…you are so right
    I didn’t listen to YOU and now my chickens …paid my free high spirit attitude…:((( and THOMAS…I am not gonna blame you …BUT oime,I am civilian…I have to blame someone…:)

    as SAMMY says…Big Hugs filled with snowballs!!!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    and since I am into the Birthday mode…here we are:

    BRYAN HARVEY and CHARLES PETERSON…will cry today…!
    silent tears…it happens to all of US…
    it’s their BIRTHDAY
    and they love it…
    let’s see …if they will bring something …on the table:))))))))))))

    the Partyyyy is ON…please,enjoy!

  • Civi..

    I am always right..

    unless I’m wrong ;)

    Well, at least your chicken didn’t go bad and are ready to be put in the freezer.. feathers and all..

    And just for info, John is ok and hanging in there, he better does!

    Off and out..

  • CIVI,

    just go on – I’m blamed for the weather, whereever I land – be it an icerain in Bucharest or the snow in Athens .. next week you’re safe – I’ll be in Bonn, but I’ll come back on the 13th of Feb. just right for the Valentine’s day ;-)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    THOMAS…you will be back on the 13th?…OH,NOOOOOOO…I better go out and buy the snow boots:))))))))
    can’t wait…;)

    EVA…chickens are going Upstairs…or maybe in my big pot of love…hm:)
    you are always almost right…Viva OUR EVA !!!

    JOHNYG…whatever you want…whatever you need…WE ARE just a phone call away…

    BURNIANS…life is beautiful…enjoy! NOW!


  • a civilian-mass audience

    ok…I better sign off as Civi…not JOHNYG…hiiiihiii…ouzo,blame the ouzo…

  • @ ALL:

    So HEAD ON, is the channel that something is going on rather than Smoke Break. SO I post below something interesenting. Maybe you’ve seen in FaceBook already.

    33 ways to stay creative:

    Make lists.
    Carry a notebook everywhere.
    Try free writing.
    Get away from the computer.
    Be otherworldly.
    Quit beating yourself up.
    Take breaks.
    Sing in the shower.
    Drink coffee/tea.
    Know your roots.
    Listen to new music.
    Be open.
    Surround yourself with creative people.
    Get feedback.
    Don’t give up.
    Practice, practice, practice.
    Allow yourself to make mistakes.
    Go somewhere new.
    Watch foreign films.
    Count your blessings.
    Get lots of rest.
    Take risks.
    Break the rules.
    Do more of what makes you happy.
    Don’t force it.
    Read a page of the dictionary.
    Create a framework.
    Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect.
    Got an idea? Write it down.
    Clean your workspace.
    Have fun.
    Finish something.

    I’ll add 34th


  • Thank you Civi for the birthday wishes here and on Facebook! I really share with a Harvey!!?? A small world. That Aquarians rule! :):)

    Think once I drop off Felix this morning I’ll go for a birthday Banya (the Russian bath/spa here in town) for a long sweat. And then quiet dinner with Mascha tonight at a new restaurant that is getting raves. Forty eight….. feeling old. But with a baby girl on the way (Leica Patricia Peterson) I know that life is timeless.

  • apologies to all for just not being here in Burn comments…i can assure you that essays are coming as per normal etc , the EPF to be announced soonest, new web design coming, and Burn is always going to do something to rock the boat a bit…so all is just fine…better than fine….i just cannot be here because i am “on the wall” with Rio…steady stream of people coming by to look…Michael Webster (mw) last night w Richard Beaven and Chris Bradley…James Nachtwey shows up today, Danny Wilcox Frazier flies in today to see, Eva as well, Panos coming, Diego, Mike Young, crazy times, historic i guess…yes, feels so…and creating new models for this audience..yes, i am doing my thing, but it all rolls around to my thing becoming your thing….symbiotic…..ok, gotta go…back asap….oh i called John Gladdy, left a message, but have not heard back…got word he is fine….John we love you!!

    cheers, david



    Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I am pretty sure I have not earned it a lot of the time but it is most welcome.
    Currently, since redoing my eye surgery, I cannot see the screen or keyboard without strong reading glasses and most things out to about 10 feet are a blur.(Hence my absence here) But I am told this should improve.
    Needless to say I survived the, very minor, heart surgery yesterday…..Unfortunately… it didnt work…Oh well.. Next step is a bit more invasive (lasers through arteries and stuff) whatever! Bring it on I say.
    Does mean Im stuck in london for the forseeable future, which is a pain, Looks like loads of fun going on at the Kibbutz. Once again THANK YOU ALL it really does mean a lot.



  • Happy birthday CHARLES P. (check FB email- got the print)

    and also happy birthday BRYAN HARVEY too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (Leica Patricia Peterson)


  • Hey DAH! Can I stop by next week to check out the RIO wall too?

    Would love to see it.



  • To go along with the list Patricio. here is a ‘list’ of things to say once creativity is flowing :)

  • Mtomalty
    Hey, I resemble those remarks (some of them anyway)

    I do tend to echo myself when photographing people “that’s good,that’s good”

  • David,

    The WALL must be so different by now from what I got to see!
    I’m still thinking about those guards (SWAT looking dudes)…..

  • Charles Petersen…

    A very happy birthday and congratulations and I love the name :)!

  • John Gladdy…

    Nice to hear you’re pretty safe and sound, Eva has been keeping me up to date on your latest hospital antics. Hurry up and get that heart strong and fit, would be great if we all could meet up somewhere again this summer.

  • Charles P. and Bryan H. – Happy Birthday!

    John Gladdy, glad to hear an update… wishing you all the best!!!

  • Charles, congratulations and happy birthday.

    John G., best to you.

  • ok ok ok ok ok ok
    im “convinced”….
    did someone said “historic times”???????????
    well…cant miss that right?
    wait for me…i’ll be in NYC (newark airport) this monday 4pm!
    Any good Samaritans wanna give a poor city boy a ride for a fee???
    and a kiss? maybe?
    keep it up ya’ll
    im all alone and heavily armed!

  • Charles
    Congrats! And her name is Leica! Love!
    Lots of healing prayers to you and your heart…
    Stay strong!

  • Glad you’re back, John G. Get strong and most of all, please may your vision return to its former sharpness.

    Panos – I would come and pick you up, but I can’t afford the gas.

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    AKAKY…my apologies,I missed the 100…:)

    be strong …as our JOHNYG…I am low in BURNIANS…everyone counts…:)))

    MR.JOHN VINK…happy birthday…can you please,bring some cake too…I am a hungry Greek:)

    I know…I can’t remember where my reading glasses are…BUT I remember birthdays…!!!
    BRAVO to me!!!

    P.S…nope,I am cheating…FB area helps me out!!!

    I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLLL…EVA,are you crossing the amazing waters?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    FROSTY…hug my cat…thanks!

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    oime…GLENN happy birthday too…
    and the same apply to YOU
    bring a cake …or two:))))))))

  • Thank you Civi… Will a mango be OK?

  • David, thanks very much for the invite to see the wall. Your gracious hospitality is always appreciated.

    All, as someone who has followed “One Night in Rio,” it was great to see a much more expansive presentation of the project. There are many great photos that are, to my knowledge, as yet unseen. You have a lot to look forward to. Of course we expect the highest level of photography from David Alan Harvey, but what I am impressed way above and beyond by the fantastic amount of creative energy involved in the project. It’s palpable. I’m not up to writing anything very original right now, so it’s a pick and choose among hokey metaphors… I guess I’ll go with like a surfer catching a wave. Harvey’s caught a tsunami sized wave of creativity and he’s riding it with aplomb. I think you will be pleasantly, and deeply, surprised by some of the directions he is taking with this thing. Those who want to see the final forms have a lot to look forward to.

  • Panos, if you don’t find a ride, I’d suggest the $15 express bus from Newark to Grand Central. If I’m stuck flying in or out of Newark, I take that regardless. It costs about that much to drive out there and back in a car.

  • OKAY!!!

    So, I’m in the big huge apple.. and my journey has started with a bang and the next bang was right behind the corner.

    First thing we did, along with Zun Lee who is in town also, was going to the opening of Alec Soth’s ‘Broken Manual’ show.. for those in NYC, go see it!

    Then, after having down some work, gotten some coffee.. James Nachtwey and his assistant George made it to the loft, he came to see THE WALL right before leaving for Bangkok.

    He looked at the wall, sat down with a beer and the dummy of ‘One Night In Rio’ and his first words were:

    I LOVE IT!! This is f***ing GREAT! This will make history!

    Well, sitting in the room, watching the two, listening to them and seeing the smile on Nachtwey’s face leafing through the dummy, over and over again.. and seeing David’s serious face.. that was something.

    I know this book will rock, I knew it when it was in the making, and I’m most happy I could witness this true and spontaneous ‘I LOVE IT’. Coming from a photographer of the caliber of James Nachtwey, that’s really something..

    Gonna put up some pics later.. gotta go out and get some work done.. and do some basic shopping.. David is a great guest, but we DO need some paper towels and few more things :)

    (David.. if you read this: THANK YOU!)

  • Eva don’t forget toilette PAPER too.. I’m always paranoid when it gets to toilette paper!! Por favor??
    See u in couple days!!!

    THANK YOU… Your idea make sense!!!

  • Eva
    In NYC!
    Oh my!
    Oh to be on the east coast!
    Have a wonderful time!
    And yes,
    Photos please!

  • More photos EVA!!!
    Oh….and try to go to the ICP where they have the “Magnum contact sheets” if it’s not in your plans already.
    They also have other really great exhibitions including “weegee”!

    Well…since everybody is showing off ;-))) I can say I was also there last week :)
    Saw the amazing wall, drank a beer and talked to THE MAN!
    Thank you for your time and hospitality David! even if brief I meant a lot to me. Your advise is resonating in my head.

  • It meant….is what I tried to say…not I meant….

  • Eva..
    Like we said and repeated so many times..all of us were so happy when we knew you’d make time to go to New York, to check the work being done and the progress of it , to support the way you can and to help with so many things in so many levels even when you can’t..cause you are so connected to this work, you know David, you feel the mood and atmosphere that built this amazing body of work, you are sensitve to meanings and intentions , you lay on honesty to assume your opinions and to give your best when you believe on something and someone. We’re lucky to have you in our side, specially cause you care ..even with paper towels and operational functional details. And thanks for the report Eva and please take David’s care.
    What a night..David, Soth, Nachtwey..

    That’s history on the wall!!

    I only knew that you’ve been there in Ny loft now..hope you had a crazy but inspiring time there (what seems to be the case)

    Im looking forward for your reports from Monday on..Wish I was there for the book with David and all those spetacular burnians, but it’s being quite exciting to read the reports and to check the photos

  • Eva…

    An evening with DAH and Natchwey sounds amazing, you surely must be floating high very high and deeply inspired!!!!
    Burn Eva BURN!!!!

  • Panos…

    Can’t wait to see your view of New York and the loft!!

  • Roberta,

    I’m quiet by nature ;-) I felt like I would be showing off but since others started sharing then I said why not :) I would also share. I did not take any photos. Did not feel right somehow.

    My time there was of course inspiring…brief but inspiring. It was a combination of things. I did not want to take to much of David’s time and also my wife was waiting for me.

    It was nice to see Candy in person….since I had seen her only through David’s photos.

    So yes….I’m grateful to have been there and of course….last but not least the WALL!
    After everything that happened over in RIO as it was unfolding to see it with my own eyes was most rewarding!

  • Paul here is the video from last spring/summer when the Loft became my “home” for a while…!!!!
    click movie link below….(shaky hands;)


    i bet you, very few here (if any) seen the Kibbutz completely EMPTY…and so serene…
    well then, thats my chance to share this Unique wxperience with you…click link above

  • Given the fact that I only recently finished dropping in frequent links here to a blog series I was doing – namely the Loft workshop, I feel a little hesitant to announce another series, but…

    The movie, Big Miracle, was released nationwide today. Probably everyone knows that it is very loosely based on the October, 1988, rescue attempt to free three gray whales that got stuck in the ice near Point Barrow. As it happens, I was the first media person of any kind to photograph those whales and mine were the first still photos to go out into the world, anywhere that there were newspapers with AP or UPI access.

    In real life, the description the studio uses to describe their main male lead, John Krasinski, describes me and no one else – except that Drew Barrymore was never my ex and I was not anxious to get out of the north.

    In the movie, the Krasinski character gets a couple of video exclusives, with the blond reporter, most dramatically when some Minnesotans show up uninvited with a bubbler that will open up a breathing hole that was rapidly freezing over. No, it was not 70 or even 50 below but yes, all the lens media and all the print media save for my friend from UPI, who teamed up with me, were back in Barrow enjoying the warmth of Pepe’s North of the Border Mexican Restaurant when that exclusive was shot.

    But it was not a videographer who shot it. It was me, with my Canon F-1’s.

    So today I have begun a series to tell the story as I saw it. The movie began with a bowhead hunt, so I did too. I am not pasting in a link. For anyone interested, my name will get you there. I expect to be at this for close to a week, but I am beginning to feel like a nuisance with my series of series, so I make this posting about it and no more.

  • Put in some more pics.. finally had some food.. we’re still out of paper towels, BUT we’ve gotten some more work done, have one more helper, Kaya, and others are coming.. and I’ve been into a darkroom, which is kinda cool.. to me :)

    Will now go and read backwards..

  • Thank you, David, for the invite to see ‘Rio’. Absolutely, THE exhibition is taking place in the Loft….people coming from near and far to see this work…the book dummy is ‘rare air’ indeed. i left just after Eva and Zun came in…. Zun ended up with half my hamburger…we talked about having only five people in at a time, a lottery and a high entrance fee (joking)…met MW and looked at his interesting take on NYC…met Pete L, Chris and Richard too..I’m pretty sure James Nachtwey showed up shortly after I left…the Loft is a focal point, a happening place…David’s book dummy, the wall, the whole atmosphere, the place to be…that’s my report…over and out…

  • Eva!
    Magnum’s darkroom!
    Now I’m really jealous!
    Ciao Bella!

  • Doug , excellent report..
    i doubt if i can top that off….unless…
    unless.. i’ll be able to score some of the “life saving” Mary Jane elixir…
    lets see wa happens…2 more days to go back HOME!


    DAH asked me to tell you he answered you on the other post, he’s looking forward to see you!

  • Name of teenager exhibition Ardeo – it is Latin for “to burn passionately” has a nice reference to light and passion?………

  • I think we might have heard of this man before.. take a look, and if you’re there or can make it there, I promise you that after a week with Harvey (even though I did not take a workshop, it still was a workshop in a way), your mind will be awake and aware and expanded (and you’ll have lost some weight):

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    ADMIN…I need assistance…

    which one is my aisle?

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    I am speechless…humble yours …

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    WE ARE ALL TOGETHER…and Thank you MY AMERICAN people…

    we are all humans…!!!

  • When one people is attacked, all peoples are attacked. On the 10th of February, the non-elected Greece Government adopted a hideous and destructive new austerity plan, passed by the parliament (199 MPs voted in favor, 101 against) on the 12th of February. The new austerity measures impose a 22% reduction in the minimum wage, which will remain frozen for the next three years; collective bargaining is simply abolished; 15000 public sector workers are laid off and 150000 jobs will be destroyed through non-renewal of contract…

    The people of Greece are bravely rising up against social terror policies. Demonstrations, as well as general strikes, become more and more frequent, despite the violent repression and the media’s deafening silence.

    The people of Greece need international solidarity and they are calling for our support

    Let’s reply to their call. We are all Greek!

    Their mobilization is clashing against the wall of a European and international dictatorship; the dictatorship of the financial markets and the troika: EU, ECB and IMF, who have imposed austerity measures and a non-elected government on the Greek people.

    The EU governments are involved in this dictatorship, implementing measures which are in the same line in those in other countries. Greece is being used as a laboratory before applying these measures more generally. The situation is going to get even worse due to the new European Treaty project, which will impose the «golden rule» on our taxes.

    We refuse to sacrifice people for money, as done to the Greeks.

    Let’s regain the reins of our lives.

    Switch off your computer, join the mobilization!

    There will be demonstrations everywhere, in solidarity with the mobilization of the Greek people, on Saturday the 18th of February.

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    it was a big night here(out in the streets)…YES,WE ARE ALL HUMANS …!!!

    let’s forget names,flags…agendas…
    LET’S EMBRACE OUR differences and LET”S CELEBRATE our Spirits…
    cause deep down …
    WE ARE ALL ONE…!!!

    P.S MR.HARVEY…thank you again…for giving me the opportunity …to roam free through the amazing
    BURNING aisles…your positive energy …back to you!

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