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David Alan Harvey - (based on a true story)




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Images may be added again at some stage - too many images "stolen" and used uncredited without any notice. Will rethink the whole project - password protected access may be an option, paid subscribing another or taking it completly offline also thinkable. But still undecided...

Hardcover, cloth bound in cloth slipcase, in cardboard shipping box, printrun 600 copies. 66 full bleed photographs, 1 poster 360mm x 470mm, 1 roadmap for original re-assembling; 1 postcard with clues. Layout and design by Bryan Harvey, concept and production by Eva-Maria Kunz, coordinaton by Diego Orlando, production by Andrea Barbato, Michael Courvoisier, Candy Pilar Godoy.

Right off the bat, we’re uncertain. A folio, held together with string and beads? Twenty-first Century digital imagery, presented in a Fifteenth Century publishing format; this is going to be good.

We understand the familiar spine-creak and fragrant, glossy pages of other photo books that line our shelves. Images set off against white matting, each afforded a respectful moment, each making its unique statement.

This is the opposite of what (based on a true story) aspires to.

The prevailing ethos of photojournalism – as we have known it for the past 50 years – has been that the photographer should somehow be invisible, recording life with an objective, almost clinical dispassion. David Alan Harvey doesn’t do dispassion. He wants to get closer, forge a bond so tight that subject learns as much from photographer as photographer learns from subject.

(based on a true story) is a collection of spectacular, mysterious moments. The story moves with fluidity and ease, all day and all night, through a city that is never named on a continent never specified. Is it journalism? Is it “staged”? As the poet said: partly truth partly fiction, a walking contradiction. (John Mathias Mitchem)

Pages: 132
Place: n.n
Year: 2012
Publisher: BurnBooks
Size: 20 x 26 cm (approx.)

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