David Alan Harvey’s long term project on Cuba, began with an assignment from National Geographic in the 1990s. This picture was taken in 1998 in the central town of Trinidad. Harvey says of the now iconic image: “This working horse, used for farming, spoke a lot about the Cuban way of life. Most of the local farmers here in Trinidad actually lived in town, yet they had no stables to keep horses. So this farmer kept his on the front porch, shackled by his front legs, so he would not wander away.”

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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.

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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