(based on a true story)

Signed zine edition

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Large Format Magazine Version

Published by BurnBooks April 2013

Edition of 2,500 copies for sale and 2,500 copies for free to the people in Rio de Janeiro

66 full bleed photographs 22″ x 15″
1 roadmap for original re-assembling
Fedrigoni Splendor Extra White 160 gr & 85 gr 

Photographs: David Alan Harvey
Layout and Design: Bryan Harvey

Producer: Eva-Maria Kunz
Coordinator: Diego Orlando
Production: Andrea Barbato, Michael Courvoisier, Candy Pilar Godoy

The magazine version of the award-winning and critically acclaimed (based on a true story) is its own unique experience. Larger than the original, immersive and sensual, beckoning you to dive into the scene and become one of the character's in this semi-fictional narrative.

The original version of (based on a true story), which was expensive by nature as an art object or an artisan object, is gone. I like art and art objects… At the same time I hate to be in any way elitist with my work. So we printed this magazine version in Italy on the same paper as the book. Yes, less expensive, yet not cheaper. - DA


• 2012 Lucie Award 

• Top 10 photo books of the year, Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, 2012

• Nominated for the Kassel Photo Book Award 2013

• Best Photography Book Award 2013, POYi

• Listed as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New Yorker

(based on a true story) set a new standard for the photo book. Extraordinary photography and book design.
— Teju Cole for The New Yorker

“(based on a true story) seems to be a random machine gun attack of a book, but it’s not. It’s held together by carefully (and very cleverly) calculated clues. External elements such as the postcard of clues and the ‘map’ (it’s a visual map – I found it in the end) of the book point you in one direction…you get a raucous, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable ride around the hillsides of Rio de Janeiro, in a book where the text, design and layout is incisive, innovative and fun.” 
— COLIN PANTALL for photo-eye

“The power of the best ideas comes from the intuitive, the connections that come out of nowhere (or seem to) from sensual and emotional places...not from logical story lines." 
- John Matthias Mitchum

"It takes its place as one of the best of the more extravagantly designed photobooks at a time when extravagant design is making a comeback."
- From The Photobook: A History, Volume III
by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger


Selected photos from (based on a true story)