A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers

050 - David Alan Harvey

Episode Summary

Magnum legend David Alan Harvey was born in San Francisco in 1944 and raised in Virginia. He discovered photography at the age of eleven. Thereafter he purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighborhood in 1956. When he was twenty, he lived with and documented the lives of a black family in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It Like It Is, was published in 1968 (and recently republished by Burn Books). David was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978. He went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine and has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, and Nairobi. He has published two major books based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, Cuba and Divided Soul, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture. In 2011, David produced an award-winning book of his work from Rio De Janeiro entitled (based on a true story), which was highly acclaimed for both the photography and its innovative design by David's son, filmmaker Bryan Harvey. The entire creative process during the shoot was documented on the website theriobook.com, where for $1.99 you could (and still can!) effectively attend a virtual workshop to gain an invaluable insight into David's working practices and benefit from his many years of teaching and mentoring. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Workshops, seminars and mentoring young photographers are an important part of his life. He is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. David joined Magnum photos as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in The Outer Banks, North Carolina and New York City.

Episode Notes

Magnum legend David Alan Harvey was born in San Francisco in 1944 and raised in Virginia. He discovered photography at the age of eleven. Thereafter he purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighborhood in 1956. When he was twenty, he lived with and documented the lives of a black family in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It Like It Is, was published in 1968 (and recently republished by Burn Books).  David was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978. He went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine and has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, and Nairobi. He has published two major books based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, Cuba and Divided Soul, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture. In 2011, David produced an award-winning book of his work from Rio De Janeiro entitled (based on a true story), which was highly acclaimed for both the photography and its innovative design by David's son, filmmaker Bryan Harvey. The entire creative process during the shoot was documented on the website theriobook.com, where for $1.99 you could (and still can!) effectively attend a virtual workshop to gain an invaluable insight into David's working practices and benefit from his many years of teaching and mentoring. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Workshops, seminars and mentoring young photographers are an important part of his life. He is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. David joined Magnum photos as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in The Outer Banks, North Carolina and New York City.