David Alan Harvey

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David Alan Harvey
David Alan Harvey in Havana.jpg
David Alan Harvey in Havana (2017)
Born (1944-06-06) June 6, 1944 (age 75)
Known forPhotography

David Alan Harvey (born June 6, 1944) is an American photographer. Harvey is based in North Carolina and New York City[1] and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1997. He has photographed extensively for National Geographic magazine,[2] and in 1978 was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.[3] Harvey is publisher and editor of Burn Magazine, an online publication featuring the work of emerging photographers.

Life and work[edit]

Harvey was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Virginia. He began photographing at age 11.[1] He graduated from the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Missouri, in 1969, and worked for National Geographic magazine. He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978.[3] He joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997.[1]

Harvey's first book, Tell It Like It Is, self-published in 1967, documented the lives of a black family living in Norfolk, Virginia. His two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul, are based on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, and Living Proof deals with hip-hop culture.[1] Martin Parr and Gerry Badger say of Harvey's book (Based on a True Story) that it "takes its place as one of the best of the more extravagantly designed photobooks at a time when extravagant design is making a comeback".[4]

He is founder and editor of Burn, a website featuring the work of emerging photographers.[5]



Publications by Harvey[edit]

  • Tell It Like It Is. Self-published, 1967.
  • Cuba. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2000. ISBN 978-84-8298-196-3.
  • Divided Soul. London: Phaidon, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7148-4313-1.
  • Living Proof. Brooklyn, NY: powerHouse, 2007. ISBN 978-1-57687-403-5.
  • (Based on a True Story). Self-published / BurnBooks, 2012. First edition of 600 copies. Also available in handmade book and handmade box, edition of 5 copies; handmade collector box with signed book and print, edition of 15 copies;[6] and magazine version, edition of 5000.[7]

Publications with contributions by Harvey[edit]


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