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David Alan Harvey first went to Cuba when Magnum secured an assignment for Time Magazine to photograph Cuban scientists. Although he’s not a science photographer, Harvey was looking for any way to get to Cuba during the difficult relations with the US. “It did not take me long to fall in love,” he says. Harvey has returned a number of times, both as a tourist and on assignment. His soul-bearing photographs present a sympathetic understanding of Cuba’s contemporary way of life.

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

David Alan Harvey
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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.

Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. 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 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.

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