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In 1988 American photographer David Alan Harvey was in Paris for National Geographic, assigned to take pictures of teenagers for a forthcoming issue themed around France. Harvey soon became friends with a group of French teenagers, who embraced him and let him become fully immersed in their lives. The resulting series of images are a testament to Harvey’s ability to put his subjects at ease. Pictured here, the group on a river boat on their graduation day. “This image really resonates for me as being symbolic of Paris and the teenagers all in one picture,” Harvey says.

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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