David Alan Harvey is a world-renowned photographer featured numerous times in the pages of National Geographic, and he’s bringing some of his best work to share with Louisvillians this month at the Paul Paletti Gallery. His exhibit, titled “(based on a true story) — And Other Photographic Tales,” features more than 20 candid moments he’s captured throughout the years, some of which were published in a handful of books he’s published.
Harvey first dabbled with photography at age 11, when he purchased a Leica camera with money he raised working a newspaper route. His passion and talent took him to the University of Missouri’s esteemed journalism school, then to the pages of Topeka Capital-Journal, and eventually National Geographic. The magazine published more than 40 photographic essays by Harvey on various subject matter from hip-hop culture to stock car racing.
“It’s a lot of work living the life you want to live, but that’s what I’m doing.” —David Alan Harvey
With influences like Ansel Adams, Harvey shoots in both color and black and white. His books have included “Cuba,” “Divided Soul,” “Tell It Like It Is” and “(based on a true story),” one of his most recent visual novellas that is a loose-leaf collection of photos the reader can assemble in any particular order. Harvey was named Photographer of the Year in 1978 by the National Press Photographers Association.
Gallery owner Paul Paletti was familiar with some of Harvey’s work, and he was introduced to the photographer last Derby by mutual friend (and local photographer) Bill Luster. They soon began talks of hosting a Louisville exhibit, which brings us to “(based on a true story) — And Other Photographic Tales.”
Paletti says Harvey’s work is impeccable and captures subtle moments perfecting through both his color and black-and-white shots. He encourages Louisvillians to take a look at Harvey’s photos for themselves, and they’ll have a chance to meet the artist in person at a special reception on Thursday, April 7, from 5-8 p.m.
The exhibit continues through June 27. The Paul Paletti Gallery is located in NuLu at 713 E. Market St.