Author Archives: David Alan Harvey




Outer Banks. I’m just home from 6 weeks on the road. With no more than two nights in the same bed. On the move was I. Not my normal style. First I had an exhibit in Rome, then a workshop in Milan. Then a magazine assignment. I usually don’t move much on a shoot. I did this time out of respect for @tejucole and the New York Times Magazine and @kathyryan1 my good friend and pro colleague for 25 years or more. Plus it’s a very good story. Yet homesick I return to what summers here at home are all about. I have sworn to myself I won’t move for the rest of the summer. Will I be lazy? I wish I could be. I have work to do. Editing. Book layouts. Darkroom printing. Yet I will still try to waste as much time as possible!!!

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Outer Banks summer day.

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Nat Geo cover



I’m on my front porch in my fave spot looking at sand and wind and light. Darkroom ready to roll. So yea it’s a bit of nostalgia time before I hit the road again soon for a 6 week marathon. This was my first cover for NatGeoMagazine back in ’73 when I was 29. Whew! That big 30 was coming fast and I was a passionate dude. This was shot not far from where I sit OBX (also later a story in NatGeo).This boy “progging” ,going after blue crabs in the marshes on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay, helped change my life since the editors loved my first story and it had been my proposal. So I was on a roll. Yet secretly I wasn’t proud of this picture. Wasn’t my style. It was “funny” and I wanted to be taken seriously. Besides it was a horizontal cropped vertical and that killed me too. Yet overall the essay was laid out by Bill Garrett and was beautifully done. So I was in. This after 8 years of hard scrabble and married with two sons.The family of course was with me for part of this assignment and led

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Love on Escambrón Beach, San Juan. #puertorico #sanjuan #beachlife #beachgames #love #fujixpro2

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Work space David Alan Harvey

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Photo by Frank Brown @obxhomepage, if anyone really knows @davidalanharvey David’s work space is mainly his iPhone. The saying at your desk literally meant you were at your desk. Now it means if you have your phone turned on you are at your desk.At home with David Alan Harvey on a winters day.

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I’ve now done 4 pictures in a row from Rio/Bahia in Brazil. All a bit different in subject matter. I’ll do 2 more tomorrow.The 6 Brazil pictures do not encompass very much territory. I tend to choose very few places to shoot especially in a broad topic.This picture was published both in National Geographic and my more personalized novella photo book (based on a true story).. I always know with any photo essay I cannot show everything. I can only be symbolic or capture mood or reveal personality. It’s all subjective especially since I’m a gringo. I am a guest in Brazil. I try to always act as a privileged guest wherever I work. I have no empirical knowledge. I learn from those I photograph. For this type of shot I just become part of the scene . Sitting. Having a caipirinha. Waiting. Not aggressive and not appearing to anyone as a professional. The only thing I have going is my overall positive feelings about the culture. I wouldn’t even want to do articles or books if that’s not how I felt. Photography as a tool is a terrific way to journey through life. No two days alike. It’s also …

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