(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)

by

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!”


  • Mr. Harvey… David Alan..

    I think we might have a problem.

    Serious problem.

    With your new book.. you know.. (based on a true story)…

    Don’t know how to tell you.

    I think.. we might.. most probably..

    .

    .

    BE READY TO SHIP 10 DAYS EARLY

    .

    so… now the dilemma is: do we hold back or DO WE SHIP THE BOOKS STARTING MONDAY, 21ST?

    :)

  • EVA –
    That were 600(?) handmade books? – You do magic?

    I am purely amazed! – Good, I bought two – one to look and shuffle, show around and mix, the other one to be sure, there is one un-touched, fall-back or maybe to frame some of the pictures. anyway – this is stuff to keep :)

  • Thomas…

    Only hand assembled.. and no, not all 600.. YET.. but sure more than we thought, and enough to start shipping..

    And yes, definitely possible to frame and put up the wall those spreads.. to keep, to play.. :)

  • I don’t mind if you ship mine tomorrow….I swear it’s fine ;-)))))))

  • Carlo It will take me a few weeks to get the images together for a slide show. Though they should be up on another site soon ……. changed the mouse rollover image http://www.etrouko.com/studentshow.html

  • EVA.. Kim is ready to start DISTRO!
    Give us the Green Flag and we are READY to start shipping as soon as possible..
    21st may my birthday.. Let’s start distributing at 21st!
    That’ll be my birthday gift..
    CAN’T WAIT!!!

  • IMANTS , amazing work ( as always ):)))
    Thank u sir!

  • Imants,

    I’ll look out for that link when you post it.

    Interesting correlations in Tiffany’s work…those are hard experiences to go through so young or any age actually. Good use of text and visuals. On point. I felt it.

  • Panos the large prints are printed on vinyl with tarp eyelets, others were on canvass , very fine high end fiber paper, vacuum sealed perspex images cheap Wall mart style ….remember these are art kids using photo media not photography students. The conceptual thinking aspect is their main concern and how it relates the audience via to material resolution

  • Imants; Here’s a link to the kids exhibition (opening night was last Tuesday) that I was telling you about. I really enjoyed giving them the mini-workshop. They were all aged between 8 and 10 years old; and they did really well. All done with cameras ranging from their cellphones to point and shoots. They were so excited to see their work on the walls. They also did graffiti art and a short video

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115095641233118226708/Opening810yearOlds?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJDkyNDV_p7mcQ&feat=directlink

  • Imants thanks!
    Lucky kids having you around!
    Proud Of you!!!

  • Thanks for the link Ross great stuff

  • Ross had no clue you helped kids on workshop:

    GREAT GREAT AWESOME…
    HARVEY SPIRIT everywhere :)
    The next gen
    The next gen
    The next generation .. That’s all we got.. Let’s just focus on the next gen and all is gonna be fine ( with the help of the right teachers/ mentors of course)
    Proud of you too ROSS!!!!!
    Big hug

  • “Let’s just focus on the next gen” us old blokes are not done and dusted yet we still have a lot of ticker left. If they want the visual space they will have to scramble with the rest of us Panos http://www.etrouko.com/imants.html

  • DAVID, BRYAN, EVA, ALL:
    Congratulations and many thanks for such an inspiring teaser!
    Really looking forward! Big hug, Dominik.

  • @ THE BOOK MAKERS:
    “The journey is the reward”!!!!as well as the book… ;-)

    P.

  • Imants; the really interesting thing to me was how excited they were to see their work printed. Most had only seen their photos on their phones, computer screens and laptops etc. To see their work printed large (gratis by the local town council) and on the wall was a real buzz for them.

    Panos; People have helped me so why not try to pass it on. :-)

  • Ross get them into a darkroom and then the gasps come gushing out

  • Imants; I’m embarrassed to say that I have only been in the darkroom once… When I was about their age…

  • It’s sad that the history of photography is being forgotten as technology makes it so easy to click buttons at the world. Film is still very relevant, if not in the fast pace of journalism, then in the world of art. Even old obsolete technologies like collodion, still have their place. It’s said a digital photography is merely a theoretical accurate re-interpretation by a computer of what the photographer once saw, and film is a process of chemical reactions which creates physical evidence – of what the photographer once saw.

  • a deprived adulthood Ross???

  • It’s said a digital photography is merely a theoretical accurate re-interpretation by a computer of what the photographer once saw…… for the non photographers it is a damn side more fun than it used to be.

  • Imants; yip, full of woe is me! ;-)

  • class act: a person or thing displaying impressive and stylish excellence.
    in a class of (or on) its (or one’s) own unequaled, esp. in excellence or performance : the delicacy of English roses puts them in a class of their own.
    usage, see: david alan harvey.

    ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (sense 3) : from Latin classis ‘a division of the Roman people, a grade, or a class of pupils.’

  • Best dumbing down video on how to read a book! :-)))

    I am pretty dead certain I cannot afford it, and regret it, so I will return again to this little clip itself.
    The concept (detachable, interchangeable, ie. “cubique” M.O.) in approach is fresh but not exactly new for anyone who has been spending hours in photo sections in bookstores, so the content (the images themselves, that is), and the visual inter-action and correspondances within it are promordial to full enjoyment and grasping of David’s creative intent. To be enjoyed like the ice-cream Candy is tasting on the cover, and more…. Bop bam a lu lop a wam bam boo Tutti frutti unruly!!!!

  • HERVE,

    please send your address to me – I’ll pay the book for you.

  • Thomas…

    so cool… BURN SPIRIT 100%!!!

    Herve.. I need your address!

  • Imants, “for the non photographers it is a damn side more fun than it used to be.” Amen. Much of my recent output has been, by necessity, ISO 3200. Looks great.

    Everyone, DAH, OBX, Nat Geo …. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/outer-banks/harvey-photography

  • FROSTFROG aka BILL plz email me ASAP at:
    panos.skoulidas@gmail.com

    URGENT!!!!

  • HERVE

    i spend half my life browsing book stores, looking at books etc…can you give me another example of a “read” like this? anxious to see it…the video does not even begin to tell the story, but i can imagine someone else must surely have done this, but i have not seen it…the Magnum postcards crew did have an unbound newspaper but that was after we did ours and there was no story to it…anyway, let me know…

  • EVA

    what is the problem?? email me please…

  • @ BOB BLACK:
    Happy birthday!! FaceBook told me that… ;-) Have a nice day! Love your looooooong posts here.
    P.

  • Haven’t received my print copy but just downloaded my June ish of Nat Geo, wherein lies a nice little written piece by our fearless leader, DAH. Its accompanied by his photos, too — the guy’s a good “shooter,” too. Who knew?

    :-)))))

  • Downloaded to iPad, I should have noted.

  • David

    Will there be another edition, I can’t afford the book.
    I completely understand the price though, handmade book, such a beautiful work.
    I hope there will be a version more affordable, I’ve been looking forward to
    this book for so long.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    Happy Birthday BOBBY BLACK …may the cake be plenty and the wi e be merry…hihhhi…

    Credit when and where credit is due…
    and the credit goes to ALL of YOU !!!

    Oime…I love you All…

  • David…

    the “problem” is that the books are shipped out way before June 1st.. that is all :)

  • a civilian-mass audience

    EVA…the most hardworking, dedicated,lovely,caring soul…
    THANK YOU our LADY!!!

    Shall I say more…hii?…VIVA!!!

  • Civi..

    I guess we can safely say I’m just a wee bit crazy?? ;)

    Micaël..

    send me an email, perhaps we can at least do something about shipping costs, depending where you are based..

  • Back home… seems extra quiet here after a week or so in the dah household… it was hard to tear myself away but I am thankful, most grateful for all the inspiration and beautiful friendships…

    Yes I am a lucky boy, to have found myself in the middle of it all, sitting at the table of David’s movable feast, the burn roadshow… no longer an abstract relationship through a computer screen. Thank you David, Eva, Roberta, Candy, Michelle and Bryan… love you all…

    And so back home… I unpack, not just memories, postcards, gifts and photos but also my new favorite book,

    ‘based on a true story’

    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.

    so many great, great shots, so many surprises!

    David said he was keeping the good stuff back, but I had no idea just how much! the man is a non stop dynamo, a torch burning bright… the excellent prints in his exhibition at ACP only hint at what’s inside this book…

    I love it!

    So yes I am a lucky boy, I’ve got my copy… and good times were had…

    MASSIVE THANKS, MASSIVE RESPECT

    and as Panos says ‘deep bow’

    Sam

  • Thomas,

    I don’t know what to say, really unexpected as meaningful gifts always are, I am totally humbled by your generosity, Can’t wait for it and can’t wait to reciprocate one day in a way that will warm your heart as much as mine is today.

  • David, no big deal, I only meant the concept of creating a photobook so that its approach goes beyond, to sum up, the linearity of flipping pages one after the other. And did not mean the exact way you designed yours, which, reading you, and thanks to Thomas Bregulla, I will find out, and only find out when it is in my hands.

  • David: Les Krims had nice little ‘books’ with unbound sheets in blue boxes of his weirdish set up crime scene pictures.. Back in the early 70′s?

  • JOHN VINK

    cool…i love the mind of Les Krims, but i had not seen those nor heard of them….thanks..

  • I still have two of those Les Krims boxes back in Brussels… I’ll take a pic once I’m there in June.

  • JOHN VINK

    thanks amigo….will i see you in Arles? Seems like the best possible place for our Magnum meeting….

  • BOB, did I miss your birthday?! How did I do that, it seems like only yesterday.

  • Micaël Martel

    many thanks for this comment and question…for sure on my mind since day one of how i should do this…

    honestly, right now i cannot figure out how to make a more affordable version…i want to build the finest possible books for many photographers…Burn will build fine books….it is pretty hard to manufacture a premium product and then have a lesser version…there is no way to make the very best AND the less expensive…at some point we did look at printing a mini book, but that ended up costing as much as the “real one”…we will soonest print a free newsprint version to give to people in the favelas of Rio, and for me to just hand out when the mood strikes me…but for now i think i have to go with this one…there will be an iPad (based on a true story) if that helps..the iPad model will make the layout even more intriguing for sure.

    when i was a student and long after and the poorest of the poor, i still managed to buy a few photo books i just “had to have”..i was serious about photography so it became where i put everything…into my own work and in celebration of those who made it to print in a significant way…yet,my work mostly appears very affordable or free in magazines and online…i give away 98% of what i do…and this book is expensive because of the manufacturing and the limited edition value which puts it in the art object category and not the mass media category…this is simply a place for me to be at my most creative..to make all that i can make…i would never however not have the very same pictures out on the net for free and in mass circulation magazines…

  • David,

    Just thinking out loud a bit around the topic of how a a finely produced,limited edition book
    could co-exist with a more consumer-based product.

    My idea is a bit ‘out there’ but I long thought that Magnum,for example, is in an ideal situation
    with their massive archive and huge ‘following’ in creating a mechanism where a consumer, such as myself
    or Micael, in this thread, could pay to access a one-off,secure archive of images perhaps in partnership
    with a producer such as Blurb and have the ability to create individual books.
    This could open the door to a whole other realm of interactivity between producer and enduser.
    As an example, there could be something a la iTunes where there is a $.99 per image access fee plus
    a base fee,say $10.00 for book rights per unit to print (Blurb page fees in addition)
    This way, based on interest or budget, I could ‘edit’ my own book with available images thereby allowing me
    to work to my budget while at the same time creating licensing revenues for photographer/agency

    I think it could open the door to a fantastic revenue stream while at the same time making available
    budget products that the creator does not have to have a labor or financial hand in.
    The interaction between creator and enduser would be, I imagine, something not seen before

    For branding, specific templates could be created that would further circulate agency/photographer brand
    even though the enduser was creating the product.

    Books, of course, are very personal for the photographer and edit/design would be at the whim of the
    enduser in my idea but you would still have the luxury of creating the limited edition, high end products
    you are on the road to developing, now.

    Just a thought!

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