David Alan Harvey

2 weeks ago

I was going thru my rooms of boxes and piles of my years of color slides and prints and magazines sentimental paraphernalia and yea some just junk but I came across this spread in a nicely done photo book about portraits that I’d forgotten about misplaced buried yet happy to find. I loved this cool as it gets story when I went back to a Maya village high in the mountains of Guatemala and re met a man from 14 years prior whose picture I published in NatGeo full page and I was simply bringing the magazine back for him to see. Only 14 years late. He didn’t seem even slightly surprised to see me again and said he was waiting for me and still had the Polaroid I’d shot of him which got it all rolling in the first place .. So I photograph him again 14 years later holding NatGeo up and standing against same wall and I swear to God almighty he was dressed just as you see both times.. So now here he is getting his photo in NatGeo twice! He didn’t know the first time and didn’t care the second. We could only speak by eye contact. The color shift is only because I shot the first picture with Kodachrome II and the second with Kodachrome 64.. My formal education looks ok on paper .. but I was a terrible student I think ..yet SAVED by photography... pure luck.. my education my world view comes from photographing amazing people from every continent and culture and not simply photographing them but hanging with them deep learning exciting as hell so visceral ..and then I’d take a picture!! I’ll have a new book coming this fall .. it’s taken me forever to get it done but I kept taking things out .. my Japanese best lifetime friend Masaaki Okada ,whose ashes are on my mantle, my colleague in art school taught me to cut cut cut ... so I’m taking a theoretically very long story and trying to make it a visual haiku.. it could be one of those really embarrassing late in career belly flops...I should just play it safe .. ha! yet if I’d played it safe I never wda met my Maya friend nor gone back on a whim 14 years later.. @magnumphotos #kodachrome #maya

82 Comments

stephaniemeiling

This is great ✨✨

2 weeks ago

Raul Touzon Photography

Classic such good memories from the good old days of the Geographic

2 weeks ago

Jeff Babcock

These are the memories and stories of life that I love! Such a great job!!!👍👍

2 weeks ago

Marilyn Turner

On top of all the art of these photos, did you happen to find out how he kept that little hat on his head?

2 weeks ago

Selena Lani

🙌🏼Amazing images and story to go with, I’m sure the next book will be brilliant as usual

2 weeks ago

Asmaryseesit

Amazing shots to an incredible story!! ❤️

2 weeks ago

Georgina Goodwin

Very special! Thanks for sharing David 🙏🏾

2 weeks ago

Georgina Goodwin

Very special! Thanks for sharing David 🙏🏾

2 weeks ago

Brad Daniels

Beautiful David. Thanks for sharing

2 weeks ago

Shane Oshoruah Alexander

Awesome David! 🙌🔥

2 weeks ago

inna dee

This is superb!!! 👏

2 weeks ago

Kat

Amazing stuff 👏👏👏😚

2 weeks ago

James English

🌴💜🌴 A fantastically interesting story and wonderful images as always!!!

2 weeks ago

Matthew Shirts

Cool story, David. Love it

2 weeks ago

Ben

I have that book and I've always loved that spread. Just wonderful

2 weeks ago

Serkan Ertekin

Great moment 👌

2 weeks ago

Thami_inquebrantables

wonderful story .. remember, relive, find again ..❤️🙌

2 weeks ago

Graham Martin

This is so great! Which issue is this in David? I’ve been slowly acquiring back issues of Nat Geo from used book stores, thrift shops and family members. Haven’t really had space or time to organize or get through ‘em yet, just key issues that I was on the look out for it which had eye catching cover stories. Need to make a checklist to catalogue them and see which I have and which I need.

3 days ago

4 days ago

peter 🍀🇨🇭🍀

“Your friend seems ti have grown; what was his name?...” 🍀🇨🇭🍀

4 days ago

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