David Alan Harvey

Capturing Cuba

Aired on: Dec 7, 2017

David Alan Harvey has shot over 40 photographic essays for National Geographic magazine, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Mayan culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico, Naples, and Nairobi. In 1999, National Geographic published one of his major works, Cuba—described as a “sympathetic understanding of Cuba’s contemporary way of life.” He credits himself as both a photographer and mentor, considering the workshops and seminars he leads to be an essential part of his work. Harvey’s discussion of his work in Cuba is informed by his years instructing young photographers in New York City.

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David Alan Harvey

David Alan Harvey discovered photography at the age of 11 while growing up in Virginia. Harvey purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighborhood in 1956. When he was 20, he lived with—and documented the lives of—a black family living in Norfolk, Virginia, and…

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Revealing complexities both on and off the island, Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners, and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves.


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