workshops

workshops

USA. Brooklyn, NY. 2015. Dasha Gavrylenko goes up on the roof of the ‘kibbutz’ appartment building to watch hurricane Joaquin. © David Alan Harvey

USA. Brooklyn, NY. 2015. Dasha Gavrylenko goes up on the roof of the ‘kibbutz’ appartment building to watch hurricane Joaquin. © David Alan Harvey

David’s workshops aren’t for the faint of heart or those who do not want to push through personal boundaries. He is part supporter, part instigator and all professional, delivering each comment at the precise moment and knowing confidently what he can get out of each student. I’ll never look through the viewfinder again without hearing his voice questioning why I’ve raised the camera at that moment and how I plan to tell the story. – Christopher Edwards
 
© Michael Loyd Young

© Michael Loyd Young

HARVEY

David Alan Harvey, Magnum Photographer and founder of Burn Magazine is a highly sought after mentor and teacher. His workshops are philosophical explorations into the heart of your work and motivation. They are about your own personal growth. A champion of authorship and voice he seeks out your personal obstacles and gives you a good shove to move yourself beyond them, then greets you with a high five and a beer on the other side. As anyone who has taken one of David’s workshops will tell you, once you take a workshop with him, you are essentially his student for life. He sticks with those who want to move ahead with their work for book publishing, gallery shows, etc. If you do the work, he will be there to help you push it forward.

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WORKSHOPS

In his weeklong workshops you will be asked to shoot an essay of your own choosing. Each day you shoot, each morning there is a group review and critique session. At the end of the week his team produces a slideshow of the work created. So, in this short week you get the experience of being a working photographer, shooting, working with an editor and experiencing the pressure of a real deadline. Each workshop is different, but depending on the timing and location you may also enjoy guest teachers that include picture editors and curators, jam sessions with other iconic photographers and the occasional field trip to shoot alongside David.

next workshop - Puerto Rico March 2017

"Take David's workshop if you want to stop taking tourist photos. You'll never approach photography the same way again."
- Roddy MacLeod

When:   March 12-18, 2017
Where:   Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Participants: 8 + 1 Scholarship
Tuition: $ 3300
 *Tuition includes workshop and daily continental breakfast.
Your personal travel expenses, lodging and other meals are not included.


The photographs you see here from Puerto Rico were shot on a ten day shoot last year. I was continuing with work for my BeachGames book which I started in Rio, but then realized to break away from the same backdrop as my (based on a true story) book set in Rio, that I needed to expand a bit. Not the basic theme, but the location. Still Puerto Rico has been a subject of mine for more than 20 years. Many pictures from my book Divided Soul are from Puerto Rico.

What does this have to do with you?

Well I have found that if I am seriously working on a book and invite students to that location and vibe and they are shooting simultaneous on their own essays, that it just creates the most amazing teaching environment one could ask for. In Puerto Rico we will put daily pictures up on the wall shot the day before. Yours and mine. It creates an amazing buzz to work like this. Forces all of us to just kill it!!

Yes the focus is on YOUR WORK. My daily morning critiques will only be about what you are shooting. My classes are never described as “easy”. I will push you to your limits…and hopefully beyond. While I am a dreamer and live in sort of a fantasy world (by all accounts), I am also very fortunately blessed with being a results oriented person as well. The two do not often go hand in hand. So the end result of your week of intense shooting – thinking – working – fretting – playing will be an essay. Perhaps not 100% complete, but certainly the base of a pyramid from which you can grow.

I view my personal workshops as an investment for you, not an expense. I only do these when I am in the right mood and ready to put everything I have into it. I do not teach by rote. If I am myself not producing I cannot mentor others to do so. I work just as hard to make a workshop its own art object at the end as I do for anything else I take on.

My team will produce an excellent slide show of your work shown to the creative crowd in San Juan at the end of the workshop. Yes yes a DAH style fiesta will follow!! I take my work very seriously but that does not preclude making a fiesta a work of art as well!!

We will have 12 full on students. Plus, I will also offer one full tuition scholarship to a worthy young Puerto Rican photographer.

You must please submit a portfolio of your work. Don’t try to show me everything you have done. 15 photographs that best describe who you are is what I want to see. I do not care about “professionalism”. I care about heart and intent and of course visual acuity.

This workshop is not for everyone. It is only for those who want to find a voice and become photographic authors. My goal would be to inspire you to publish a book, have exhibits, and perhaps commissions as well.

My former students have done all that and more. Yet only you can make that happen. I just try to get you on the right lifetime road. The sweet beauty of adventure.

For sure I can smell that this Puerto Rico workshop will be one of those to remember. 

-david alan harvey-

When:   March 12-18, 2017
Where:   Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Participants: 8 + 1 Scholarship
Tuition: $ 3300
 *Tuition includes workshop and daily continental breakfast.
Your personal travel expenses, lodging and other meals are not included.