Published by BurnBooks June 2012
66 full bleed photographs 9,64 ” x 14,17 “
1 poster 14,17 ” x 18,50 “
1 roadmap for original re-assembling
1 postcard with clues
Slipcase: double run color print on canvas ‘IRIS’
Cover: hardcover, color print on canvas ‘IRIS’
Contact sheet on inside cover, flap
Shipping box: cardboard, duo color printed
Paper: Fedrigoni Splendorgel Extra White 160 gr
BASE ON A TRUE STORY - SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION - SIGNED
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