"It's a lot of work living the life that you want to live, but
that's what I'm doing."
David Alan Harvey joined Magnum Photos in 1993 and became a full
Member in 1997.
David Alan Harvey
American, b. 1944
Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. He
discovered photography at the age of 11. Harvey purchased a used
Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing
his family and neighborhood in 1956.
When he was 20 he lived with and documented the lives of a black
family living in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It
Like It Is, was published in 1966. He was named Magazine
Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers
Association in 1978.
Harvey went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic
magazine. He has covered stories around the world, including
projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture,
Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico and Naples, and a recent feature
on Nairobi. He has published two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul,
based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into
the Americas, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop
culture. 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 and seminars are an
important part of his life, and Harvey currently writes a very
popular online magazine-blog for emerging photographers.
Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member
in 1997. He lives in New York City.
1969 M.A., Journalism, University of Missouri
2005 Photographer of the Year, PMDA (PhotoImaging Manufacturers and
1978 Magazine Photographer of the Year, National Press
2005 Divided Soul – David Alan Harvey - Arts Center, St. Petersburg,
2003 A Journey From Iberia - Leica Gallery, New York, USA
2001 David Alan Harvey - NASCAR: A Driving Culture - Abingdon,
2003 Divided Soul, Phaidon Press, UK, USA
1999 Cuba, National Geographic Society, USA
1981 America’s Atlantic Isles, National Geographic Society, USA
1981 Virginia, Graphic Arts Center, USA
1977 The Mysterious Maya, National Geographic Society, USA