(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!”

  • Got it today, just absolutely love it.


    always time for you…i hope you know that…if i do not respond at any point to you, or anyone here, it is simply because i just cannot at that moment….


    cool…frankly, i thought when this was all done and i looked at it myself for the first time as a done deal, that women would “get” this book more than men…or, let me re-phrase, that more women would get it more than most men….

    many, but not all, men tend to be linear thinkers, women more abstract, emotional etc…i was surrounded by only women during the novella shooting part of this…probably had something to do with it, and also i have no fear of tapping into my feminine side…

    from a pure work standpoint, i tend to work better with women than with men….my very best magazine editors have always been women….men tend to want to compete…i have no desire to compete….zero desire to compete….women collaborators are totally strict with me..see me as needing help i guess, which i do, and then squeeze out the very best work i can do…

    men let me get away with everything, women don’t let me get away with anything

    and 100% for sure my photography ALWAYS comes from my feminine side…

    in my classes, for sure women almost always are the superstars of a week of shooting..tending to do essays nobody ever thought of in a way nobody ever thought of…

    does any of this mean i know anything about women? hell no!! :) that’s the point!!


    you came by the loft when we were making this book, so you knew well how much thinking was going into it…yet the nut of it is all instinct and gut level action , reaction, and perceptions….i want this to be a book that is studied…the opposite of todays trend towards fast food style information….yes, you will need to think about it….interpret…go back and forth…and like any really good film or book, the beauty will hopefully be that you will never know 100% for sure how it “came out”..the obvious “endings” never stick with you like the mysterious twists….yet i hope the journey does indeed take you somewhere…thanks for looking, and thanks for thinking…

    cheers, david

  • I just received my copy an hour ago. Wow. Just wow. It’ll take a while to settle. It’s back in the box. Not ready to view it again. Bad day.
    Thank you David, and thank you Eva and everyone who made this come here quickly! It is an amazing book.

  • Panos,

    The packaging was perfect…it came intact….mint condition ;-)

  • David,

    Most of the things if not all that make an impression on me I have not understood right away. They slowly reveal their meaning. Each time I study them more gets uncovered…and the more you live and experience the richer the message gets.
    For example, you have said something along the lines that everything you do here is like a workshop….an ongoing workshop.
    Everyday I come here I remember that and the message rings true louder and louder.
    I can recall some essays here that have given me insight into feeling with my eyes instead of just looking and have expanded my visual language.
    All of that also helps me in understanding your new work (based on a true story).
    Soooo, yes….this one is for studying and digesting.

  • David – you’re the busiest guy I know. My parent’s were busy like this at one or two points in my life when they ran their own business. You’re running yours and that keeps you on the go… Don’t you ever just take time away from it all for your self?



    Thank you ALL for feedback… Keep it coming..
    June 1st tomorrow will be THE day for most that preordered..
    ( again to my BELOVED Canadians give it few more days ..almost there.. Almost there)
    In the meantime I didn’t forget those who ordered today or yesterday .. Shipping tomorrow..
    Honestly you guys made me a hero in my post office..
    They consider BURN as best “customer” !!!!
    Running, shipping, running but I will never leave my BIKE alone;)
    ps: message to all: get on your bicycles more often, thank you!!!

  • http://instagr.am/p/LTnViUBrRl/

    and always but always wear a helmet por favor

  • “Where is Akaky when u need him the most?”

    Having health issues, guy. I don’t want to complain…well, that’s a lie, isn’t it? I want to break into a fine whine and enjoy the fermented milk of human kindness, which is actually a bit hard on the liver, but gives a nice buzz if you drink enough of the stuff. And unlike based on a true story, a work that is apparently showing up everywhere exactly when it is supposed to, the new medication I’m supposed to be taking for the first time this week not only did not show up when it was supposed to, when the UPS guy showed up the dope he did have was the wrong stuff. Apologies have been flying about like campaign promises since this morning and everyone assures me that the right stuff, with or without Chuck Yeager, will be here just as soon as they figure out what the hell happened in the first place.

    I have also noticed in my travails that Einstein was right; time is relative, and there’s no place in the world where time is more relative than in a doctor’s office. I realized this when I went up to the City of Sin to see a specialist in my malady. The appointment was for 12:45 and I was there; not only was I there, but I was so there that I had even managed to hit every green light between our happy little burg and the City of Sin, and when I got to where I was going, there was even an empty parking spot directly in front of the building. Yes, I was one of God’s favorites that day, but I learned how quickly the Lord can rescind His favor. My appointment was for 12:45—I got in to see my specialist at 2:10. In between the appointed time and the actual time, I sat in a profoundly uncomfortable chair contemplating the meaning of the universe and watching old episodes of Bonanza, which, now that I think about it, is an unnecessary qualification: all episodes of Bonanza are old. I also do not understand why everyone was so impressed with color television in the 1960’s; the spectrum of available colors was not at all impressive and I can tell you from personal experience that Star Trek was much better in black and white than it was in color. In black and white, Star Trek dealt with profound truths and the search for meaning in a universe filled with malevolent forces and aliens; in color, the program just looked cheesy. I suppose the novelty of having a show in color in the first place was enough to sell the program, but I am happy that The Twilight Zone went off the air before some network suit decided to ruin the show with color.

    The other thing that I’ve noticed, now that my disability is public knowledge, is the large number of panhandlers and other Democrats who hit me up for spare change as I try to get from my car to the egregious mold pit wherein I labor for my daily bread. Once upon a time, I was able to avoid these nuisances, sometimes by the simple expedient of walking faster. This simple expedient, however, is no longer open to me, and the denizens of moocherdom make the morning walk in to work annoying on so many different levels because I am no longer to get away from them. I am not sure why so many of these people are offended when I tell them no, I don’t have any money, or, at least, I have no money I am willing to give to them; some actually want to pat me down and make sure that I am not evading my responsibilities towards the wretched refuse of our teeming shore, responsibilities I frankly did not know I had until I could no longer evade them. I am in favor of maintaining a social safety net so that the socially and mentally challenged, the physically disabled, the poor, the aged, and the none too bright are not thrown out into the street, there to fall victim to some sociopathic teenage predator out of A Clockwork Orange. I am not, however, in favor of my providing all of the above categories with money for coffee and cigarettes out of my own pocket. First, this is annoying in the extreme, and second, I do not make enough money to support a flourishing economic ecosystem and myself. I just don’t. Really.

    PS I don’t think of me and IRL as Jekyll and Hyde; Heckle and Jeckle is closer to the truth, I think.

  • Akaky – I hate to hear of your continued health issues – but hope that you keep us always informed. I hope things improve and soon. I hope that even when it is bad, you can find the means, strength and will to write.

    If I were a wealthy man, I’d send you $10.00 in pocket change ever day to help you ward off the panhandlers.

    No, that’s a lie. I wouldn’t do it. I would think about it, though, and maybe do it once in awhile and if you wanted instead to put the $10 towards the purchase of the fermented milk of human kindness, I would be kind enough not to ask.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    AKAKY…you are a BURNIAN…
    Therefore you have next to you ALL of US…!!!
    Whatever you need…we are here…

    Same goes to ALL…the Universe is working when we believe…

    Oime…I love you ALLL…where are my ACADEMIANS when I need them?


    this is a fairly expensive book, and we couldn’t and did not even try to make it less expensive…it is expensive to build this book and we put a lot into it…we are suggesting a very fair price in the market we are in…we have sold enough books already at this premium price fast enough to know we have runaway good fortune…sure good for us, but also potentially good for this audience, for you..this will launch BurnBooks into a speciality publisher for whomever can produce the book we think we would want to take on…this could be from the iconic this could be from the emerging, and you know already what my inclinations are…if you bought (based on a true story) as an investment i am pretty sure you will double your purchase price by Christmas..smells like that….thanks Gordon…and i always look forward to your comments and the work when you show it…

    cheers, david

  • “What is to give light must endure burning.” – Viktor Frankl

  • “oh but i was so much older THEN, im younger than that NOW…”
    bOB dYLAN

  • David, I assume your post is addressed to me and responding to my comment that the book is not as expensive as I had anticipated. Just keeping things in perspective, your book is about the same price as dinner and a movie for two, or what I charge at my studio for an 8×10 print. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it.

    I have not forgotten that I promised to send some work to you. I’m slowly pulling something together.

    BTW, picked up the latest NatGeo. OBX looks awesome in print, so much more satisfying than online. Congratulations on it.

  • “He not busy being born is busy dying.” – Bob Dylan

  • FYI Panos,

    RIO has arrived safe and sound in Montreal.

    DAH,while I’m sticking with my original opinion of not really being a fan of the loose binding and
    reconfigurable pages (just not how I,personally,enjoy a book) I have to say that the images
    are fantastic.
    You really should think about doing this for a living :)

  • Perfect Idea.

  • I just purchased mine, I’m really glad I did, this book will be a beautiful addition to my collection I think. I’ll leave my commentaries after seeing the object.

  • clap clap clap! amazing David!

  • WOW!!! Just finished looking at the book and I have to admit it’s one of the best I’ve seen. Sure there’s a few negative points such as the loose pages format, not a big fan of it quite frankly. But at the same time it gave a whole new dimension to the book. There’s a couple of shots that I wasn’t too sure about, maybe it’s just a first impression, I’ll dive into it again very soon.

    But overall I’m so glad that I bought it, David you’re a monster of photography. Rio looks sexy, full of life and really fun.

  • Did anyone else see the review of (based on a true story) in The Photobook Review..?

    It may have been talked about elsewhere on burn but i didn’t see it.

  • Congratulations to all involved. This is one of life’s bigger victories.

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