(based on a true story) SOLD OUT!

layout and design: Bryan Harvey
concept and producer: Eva-Maria Kunz
coordinator: Diego Orlando
production: Andrea Barbato, Michael Courvoisier, Candy Pilar Godoy


(based on a true story)


David Alan Harvey

Some of my friends have asked why I didn’t talk about my book here. I just cannot do that. The book is the book and I hope somebody likes it. But putting this video here by Bryan is as far as I can go. However, what I can do is I think legit. Published below is a letter from Sam Harris, (Postcards From Home), who managed to get a hold of the first signed copy. So he is, as far as I know, the only person here on Burn to have actually seen the book.

So Sam writes:


BASED ON A TRUE STORY… This book is simply amazing!!! AMAZING!! You have to hold it, feel it, pour over it, get inside it, take it apart, rebuild it, live it, smell it, caress it and then it all makes sense… FRESH, SENSUAL, SEXY, KILLER, DOPE… DAH leads by example, he could just sit back and talk about past glories, but that’s not David’s style… he’s out there doing it, living it. Now, right now… Ideas happen… ‘based on a true story’ is the living proof ; )) This book is an absolute classic. dah’s best yet! And the very best thing about ‘based on a true story’ IS the PHOTOGRAPHY.



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427 Responses to “(based on a true story) SOLD OUT!”

  • Absolutely brilliant – relationships exemplified.

  • Pretty cool concept. I can see a lot of photo books in the future like this as other’s steal the idea! Or not, depending on how expensive it is. :)

  • Certainly the most sophisticated book, I have ever seen. Multiple ways of looking at it. Great ideas came together and created an outstanding book. Now, I want one. To hold, smell, touch, see and keep it.

    Wow, you show it. Congratulations!

    umm, by the way – where can I order it?

  • Yes, that is quite some frisbee you’ve got there…!

  • Definitely not a book you’d let a three year old play with; you’d just be asking for missing pages.

  • Really freaking great. Put me down for one asap. And Felix is definitely not coming anywhere near this!

  • This is just brilliant. Where can I order it?

  • very very cool, love it !

  • Holy….


    And I actually know you!

    When I get it, I won’t even open it up until I have an afternoon or evening with at least two hours of absolutely free time…

  • It looks utterly amazing!
    Whoever claimed books in general were dying out and the world of photography was dead, will most likely be proven wrong!
    Passion, love, desire and very rare air.

  • Okay…I just got back from my walk in the forest. I had to engage in some Primal Scream therapy after viewing the video. OHMYGOD!!! Astounding! A book in 3D, and still edited with such finesse.

    It kissed me everywhere.

    Bravo, David, bravo.

    (As someone who needs maps for everything: thanks too for providing the legend.)

    Brilliant! The first time DAH showcased that to me up in new York I lost it..
    Literally.. I downed half a bottle of scotch and took me 12 hours to figure out what I just saw..
    A glimpse of the future:)

  • Now that’s how you make a photography book!

  • Wow… I am… Just speechless…

  • Fantastic! Beautiful! Great! One image playing out the next gets a whole new dimension. Had to watch a few times. Need to see it in the flesh. Hard to resist getting one. (Thanks for the discount too! 1.99 pays back big time.) Thank you mr Harvey.

  • Gerhard Clausing

    incredibly astounding! congrats!!!!!

  • GREAT!!!!
    looks beautiful, fresh, fun and creative..
    I love the mosaic look on the case..
    and the tassels!!!
    can’t wait to hold this baby….
    Congrats again David….

  • STELIOS:)))
    Yes you nailed it!!!!

  • ddelacruz
    May 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm
    Now that’s how you make a photography book!

    May 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    Wow… I am… Just speechless…

    And yes

  • is this an instructional video to it?
    as a newbie to photography and dah’s style of layers etc.. id have to watch you guys read it..
    purely amazing if you knew what you were doing…. to fully appreciate it…
    very original and interesting…. and done at blazing editing speed…..

  • So… Who said the printed book was dead?

  • a civilian-mass audience


    How can I buy another picture book after this one…?
    Oime!When there is a vision there is a way…

    Ouzo on BURNIANS !!!

    Simply irresistible…thanks for the journey!

  • marcin luczkowski

    wow!.. or łał…


  • That’s a really nice book / boxed set idea.. Great stuff.. Looking forward to tucking into it..

  • pretty awesome …………

  • Amazing … !!!

    … spirits of freedom and souls of creativity from the BOOK. :)))

    David, Congratulations!

    Great!!! ♥

  • Amigo,

    Just wanted to say I am so proud of you getting this book out there…

    The design is fantastic & the video illustrates the concept perfectly… (kudos to Bryan for designing!)

    I’m sure this will become a collector’s item in NO TIME FLAT. I just ordered two copies. You know what to do next time we meet.

    Congratulations to you… and to the team who made it happen (you all know who you are)

    I leave you with one wisdom: “red dog flocks” are the new thing.



  • Shipping costs are killing me :(

  • stelios, where are you based? please write me an e-mail, depending on where you are perhaps we can work out something different.. eva at burnmagazine dot org

  • Diego,

    I added ‘Rio’book to my cart… but there is no shipping country(south Korea).
    Please add my country…:))

    Thank you!

  • While I own all of David’s books, this is one I’ll pass up. It’s beautifully done, but seems to me more art piece than photo book. In the end, I’m more interested in photos than packages, and there are too few of the former and too much of the latter to appeal to me. It is a pretty cool piece of art, though, and innovative, as you would expect from DAH. Congrats to everyone who worked to produce it.

  • Kyunghee,

    please try now!

    ALL: for any problems or inquiries please send and email to: eva at burnmagazine dot org


  • Panos

    Literally.. I downed half a bottle of scotch and took me 12 hours to figure out what I just saw..
    A glimpse of the future:)


    In Canada, that’s called “sober second thought”; I agree with your clear-headed conclusion.

    (Book has been ordered.)

  • I may have passed on the new Squarepusher album but couldn’t resist on this book.
    Eva, thank you for the help.

    Eviva! (isn’t that how we celebrate here?)

  • Looks awesome! Never seen anything like it.
    Order has been placed.

  • Will these be for sale at LOOK3?????

  • Congrats to all the creative brains behind this book.
    No doubt, it is a unique piece and is destined to become a collectors piece.

    Personally,though, I’m going to take a pass as my personal taste in enjoying a book is
    a little less interactive :)
    Throughout the RIO process we were teased,either in the blog or on the ‘wall’ with many
    incredible images and most didn’t seem to make the relatively limited book edit.

    Regardless of my taste, the book is unique and will be sold out in no time.

  • I refuse to watch this until I have mine in my hands.
    I want my first look to be in person :)

    Congrats to all, surely beautiful.

  • I just checked my “junk” mail folder I found the discount for the book. No worries.
    Just letting people know to look in their “junk” mail folders so this does not happen to you all….

  • Dominic Bracco II


  • it is 3;40 a.m. my time and i will have some new thoughts for you after i sleep ..i can respond to any questions etc….for sure we knew that this book would be my most revered by some and my most hated by others…hey, the nature of moving past the edge…

    we were surely not creating it “to sell” to a mainstream audience…this is a limited specialty item…not for everyone..not for all tastes….however, there is no way that anyone here could possibly know what pictures are in the book…nobody here has seen it!!!

    so for those who find this version a bit too “far out”, please see the October issue of NatGeo upcoming for a more traditional interpretation of my time in Rio…but for sure we did invent something…certainly the consensus here in Sydney at the HeadOn fest…again, not for everyone…

    one of the reasons for going into hand assembled speciality books is that all other books now look like “on demand” books….everybody now has an on demand book in their Domke bag….so we want to make things that cannot be produced on demand…is this for the art market? well, maybe, but the book market in general is changing…i know for sure where i want to be in it…

    by the way, NatGeo went all out….big spread coming…October issue..the two versions together will i think one day be studied…one straight photo j and the other with a novella overlay ..one (above) set in Rio but not about Rio and the NatGeo version actually about Rio..many of you may remember that i started with a NatGeo assignment and then went to my own financing….

    i think you also know that we spared no expense….so the book is expensive..no choice…not intended to be a “bargain”…..we are doing a newspaper version to be distributed for free in the favelas of Rio…

    cheers, david

  • Fantastic! Keeping books alive…great work!

  • May I buy the beautiful and inspiring book at LOOK3? Thanks!

  • My heart just shattered when I saw that I couldn’t
    afford the book. I want it so bad, I hope it’ll be
    available for a long time so I can gather some money for it.
    It looks absolutely fantastic, better than I thought it would.
    The layout is great, pictures are so good. Damn! I need it :)

  • Late last week, I signed a contract for what will be the first paying work that I have taken on since early November. I say “paying work” because I have been working hard almost every day of that time and have traveled half way around the world and back – BUT – I haven’t made any money, except to sell a few photos here and there, and now I am broke, broke, broke, BROKE! This contract is a small one, but if all goes well it will lead to a big job that will keep me going for a year and pay well, so I can start getting out of this hole.

    In the meantime, I am little perplexed as to how to pay for this book.

    I have been here for Burn, as Burn has for me, so… please hold one in reserve for me for a week or two to see if I can figure this out.

  • Carlo, same here, didn’t find the discount code until after I’d ordered. No worries.. looking forward to the book.

    David, not as expensive as I had anticipated actually.

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