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Rio de Janeiro is one of David Alan Harvey’s favourite cities. In 2011 he presented a new collection of work capturing the vibrancy and cultural energy of Rio. The series (Based On A True Story) melds documentary with myth, told in a 3D book that lets the reader remodel and interact with the story. Harvey’s photographs span the strata of society giving an insight into the lives of the rich, the glamorous, the poor, the humble and the everyday.

It's a lot of work living the life that you want to live, but that's what I'm doing

David Alan Harvey
© David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos

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.

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.

Harvey is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online.His latest book, Based on a True Story, was published by BurnBooks in 2012.

Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in North Carolina and NYC.

© David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos

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