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Marian. Kingston, Jamaica

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User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 16, 2018 2:43 AM (UTC)

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A shoutout for my dear friend Lois Liggins who I photographed in 1967 in Norfolk, Va when she was age 7. Inspired as a college student by the missives of Dr Martin Luther King I moved into the “ghetto” and lived for a month with Lois and her 9 member family. Her mother Callie gave me the permission the friendship the love. So I didn’t photograph poverty. I photographed people. A family being a family. My newly reprinted book “Tell It Like It Is” was originally published when I was a grad student in 1967. 3 months later Dr King was murdered by a white racist.. All that love all that progress slid way back. It feels like that to me now. I’m a white middle class kid whose parents taught me that all people were created equal. That made sense!! My world travels proved this to be true. World travel educated as no other means. Lois and I after 52 years are friends now. How cool is that? She was a sweetheart at 7 and she’s a sweetheart now. I will visit Lois again soon. Dr Martin Luther King. A role model for all. For those of us with no political power all we can do is set examples. The power of positive example cannot be measured but why not try? Apathy at this point in history will be our undoing. Big love 🎈
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 15, 2018 11:24 PM (UTC)

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This is one in a series of my work on the @magnumphotos project HOME, made possible with a grant from @fujifilmx_us . 15 Magnum photographers got paid to stay home! This collaborative effort will soon be a Magnum book and internationally traveling exhibit. I didn’t get very far off my front porch in the outer banks of NCarolina last summer. I fell in love with photography at 13. A boy with a dream, living just a bit north in Va Beach. My earliest work was only pictures of my family and nearby neighborhood. Later my dreams came more than true and my little camera has taken me around the block more than a few times. My best education. A world view. Yet now I’ll be sitting in a spectacular spot like a sidewalk cafe in Rome, and in the back of my mind I’m thinking of my front porch in the outer banks. So it’s clearly circles. No artifice to this work, just hanging out. With those closest to me 🎈
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 9, 2018 1:30 PM (UTC)

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Cape Hatteras, NC. Part of my “BeachGames” series where reality and subjective blend. While I mostly do documentary professionally, I also like to play with a novella style narrative. With the “BeachGames” zine I’ll leave you guessing. My book “Based on A True Story” got me rolling with non linear structure and was a move away from a purely documentary motif. With films and literature I like both fact and fiction. I absorb both. Yet the masterpieces tend to be representations. In any case both require total commitment from the author/photographer. If you are thinking about long term projects either subjective or photojournalistic you may want to check out my 6 month online mentoring program . Link in profile. I don’t teach if I am not working as well. Now I’m trying not to travel in order to publish at least 2 books of my own work and simultaneously helping others do the same. Parallel zen. I’m not a podium teacher. Track my IG Stories and you will get a taste of it. I’m off to National Geographic tomorrow for their annual gathering of the tribe. Come along via IG and meet some top editors and photographers. My IG Stories are all about process and how you may want to start thinking about photographs in narrative form. Life seen through the viewfinder packs a punch hard to get any other way. An individual effort. Fact or fiction no matter. Your mirror.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 8, 2018 2:25 AM (UTC)

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Pamlico Sound. Outer Banks NC
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 5, 2018 5:32 AM (UTC)

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User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 3, 2018 5:53 PM (UTC)

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This street photo is from my book “Based On A True Story” shot in Rio de Janeiro. I spent months in Rio both on commission for NatGeo and on my own creating the narrative for this book. I always tell those whom I mentor that it’s not just about the pictures but about the overall authorship, narrative, intent, and sequencing. To make a book, the photographer must have something to say. This picture out of the context of the book is still a picture I’d print as a single , yet as part of the book narrative it takes on a new life. If you are interested in developing a long term photo essay or book you might want to think about applying for my new online 6 month mentoring program for photographers who either have a very clear idea of where they want to be or for those who want to get to that clear idea. Many don’t need mentors. Yet most emerging photographers often need to find that key and it’s not about getting the right camera . Many these days are confused about how to move forward to maximize their potential as artists or as photojournalists. I’m only going to take 15 students for this 6 month marathon mentoring program. Portfolio review and FaceTime interview required for all applicants. See link in profile. I take my role as a mentor just as seriously as I take producing my own work. That’s the whole point. To make something actually happen. I’m a dreamer who is also results oriented. It takes those two elements plus a fire in the belly to get your work DONE.See also book reviews and tips on my IG Stories. Link in profile.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:39 PM (UTC)

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Copacabana Palace party. Rio de Janeiro.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:45 PM (UTC)

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So far in my world travels I’ve never come across an evil culture, religion, or race. What I’ve found are people everywhere who want a roof over their heads, a job/sense of purpose, and a family. Most want to live in peace. Most cause no harm. A few in power often create circumstances that do indeed bring out the dark side of human nature, yet again by personal observation I’ve seen 99% of us on the planet want harmony and coexistence. In this spirit I wish ALL a very Happy New Year and peace for 2018. #rio
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 30, 2017 2:47 PM (UTC)

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Puerto Vallarta, México. Fishermen at dawn. I always gravitate to photographing fishermen. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s just the tradition, the history, of working on the water. I haven’t been to any country in the world where I was not welcomed on a fishing boat. It’s usually many hours of commitment with only a few minutes of good light for shooting, yet I’ll always go for it.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 29, 2017 10:08 PM (UTC)

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End of year musings. Nags Head . 12/29/17
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:32 PM (UTC)

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Naples, Italy. Buon Natale! 🎄🔥🎈
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 18, 2017 6:10 AM (UTC)

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Pamlico Sound , NC. Dec ‘17. Winter glass. #fujigfx
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 15, 2017 3:14 PM (UTC)

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This 87 year old free diver grooms after being in the frigid waters for 8 hours off Jeju Island, S Korea. She’s been doing this since she was a teenager. She’s a Haenyeo. The women who don rubber wetsuits and free dive down 30-50 feet often holding their breath for a minute or more in search of abalone and octopus. A 50 print exhibition of the work I did commissioned by the Korean Arts council can be seen now in New York at the Korea Society. Swipe left to see a few more images of these truly beautiful and independent women. For this commission I went from the hot sands and party scene of Rio to the rocky cold water shores of Jeju Island. I fell in love with these strong willed Korean women with whom I could not speak. Alas it’s always about eye contact and body language anyway. Of course when I dove with them, which I originally vowed I wd never do, then I was immediately “in”. The Haenyeo launch military style off a fast moving boat or off slippery jagged volcanic rock. On shore these ladies walked like older women. Yet in the water kicking straight down they looked like teenagers again. Angels of the sea. I will be going over the making of the Haenyeo book on IG Stories
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 13, 2017 11:55 PM (UTC)

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User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 8, 2017 1:56 PM (UTC)

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The Haenyeo. Angels of the sea. Jeju Island, South Korea. These incredible women free dive 30-70 feet to gather abalone and octopus the big prize. These women have been diving since they were teenagers yet all of them now in their 70’s and 80’s. Once they are gone, that’s it. I was commissioned by the Korean Arts Council to spend a month with these women and document their daily lives both in and out of the water. This resulted in a special edition art book HAENYEO and is opening now in New York at The Korea Society Gallery as a beautifully printed 50 photographs exhibition. Opening tonight Dec 8: swipe to next photo for time and location. Please come if you are in New York.@magnumphotos
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 7, 2017 7:21 PM (UTC)

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As wildfires rage in Ventura and parts of LA, life on Venice Beach remains “normal” at the sidewalk cafes. Many have asked me seeing my IG Stories in Santa Monica, “aren’t people caring about the fires ?”.. of course they are.. yet unless they are pro firefighters or police everyone has been asked to get as far away as possible.. the smell of smoke and burning eyes has affected everyone in LA..yet like all the disasters that befall us, life must go on. It’s the same in war zones. It was the same on 9/11 when I photographed the towers falling and yet also people shopping at Macy’s. Seems incongruent, yet it’s our nature. Read now @joshbrolin . He’s deftly played the part of a firefighter, has been prior a real firefighter, and is now close to the California fires. Reality is a kaleidoscope.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 6, 2017 1:43 AM (UTC)

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From where I’m standing on Venice Beach and the way the wind is whipping, I do not smell the sea but the scent a combo of forest fire smoke, urine, and marijuana. I’m just back from a tech check @annenbergspace where I’ll present some work Thursday night. They told me the gig is sold out, BUT there is a standby list. Honestly I’m looking forward to meeting some of my friends who I only know from here on IG and some friends I met long ago the old fashioned way. Anyway very sorry to say I can’t hang after the show. Major bummer. Nope I’ve gotta catch the red eye to NYC. My worst nightmare. I’m sure I’ll be back soon. I want to shoot a bit here and maybe do a workshop. It’s very nice to be in California. I’ll take the idiosyncrasies. LA makes the stuff we like most. Films and music and art and literature. A place where people have come forever seeking a dream. Everybody has a chance. Sadly not everybody gets the same break. The homeless scene here is out of control. I always feel prepared to be homeless. Could happen. To anybody. Anyway come say hello if you in town. Cheers🎈
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:52 PM (UTC)

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Old Havana. I was just wandering when I happened on this wedding in La Plaza Vieja. In cases like this one must make friends fast or just miss the moment. Of course of all situations where it’s fairly easy to make friends quickly, a wedding is definitely it. I’ve become an unexpected guest at many weddings around the world. Always fun, everybody in a good mood, picture taking expected. I’m showing some of my Cuba photographs on Thursday night @annenbergspace so stop by if you are in L.A.
User Image davidalanharvey Posted: Dec 4, 2017 2:07 AM (UTC)

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Jockeys Ridge dunes Nags Head, NC. This air to air shot I made basically right over my front porch. I fly from my beloved island tomorrow headed for LA and a presentation of my work @annenbergspace on Dec 7. The outer banks is the home of the Wright Brothers first powered flight. Wilbur and Orville tested first wing designs on these dunes and later just up the road on Dec 17, 1903 managed a 120 ft long flight lasting about 12 seconds. That was only 115 years ago and quite a bit has evolved in the meantime pretty much based on that 12 second launch of a manned powered heavier than air craft. The Wright Bros first set foot here right at the end of my street and I often try to imagine that scene bringing engines and wing parts etc over by boat. Why would they go through all that trouble to come to this then desolate isle? The wind. Almost always a steady wind to offer wing lift. Anyway off to the airport soon. Time travel my favorite pastime.