David Alan Harvey was born in San Francisco and fell in love with photography at the age of 12. He bought his first Leica at 14 with money earned from his newspaper deliveries. Harvey is the book photo author of Cuba, Divided Soul, Based on a True Story, Living Proof, Haenyeo and his first at age 22, Tell It Like It Is. He has created 40 long term photo essays for National Geographic, and later joined the prestigious photo cooperative Magnum in 1993. His philosophy on photography is captured in this phrase: “Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.”
At 74 he is the founder and editor of Burn Magazine, online and in print, dedicated to discovering new talent in photography. The Emerging Photographer Fund has a no strings attached grant of $20,000 for emerging photo talent. David is a popular workshop mentor and emphasizes he is a working photographer who believes in the pay back pay forward philosophy. "If I am not doing it myself right now, how can I teach anyone else to do it?" is what he tells his students when working with them.