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Originally shot In 1967 when David Alan Harvey was just 23 and in graduate journalism school in Missouri. Tell It Like It Is was destined to be re-published. It is a photographic slice of another era, and a small piece of one family’s history in the U.S. The regular edition of the book is also available through the Magnum Store.

This Collector Edition Includes:

Signed silver gelatin print (handmade by David Alan Harvey in his personal home darkroom)
Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie Fiber-Based Paper, Grade #3, Glossy - 8" x 10"

2015 edition of Tell It Like It Is
76 pages, Symbol Tatami white 150 gr - 10.5 x 15

Original 1967 edition (replica) of Tell It Like It Is
36 pages, binding stapled - 6"x 9"

Original 1967 Contact Sheets (replica)
38 sheets - 8.5" x 11"

"In 1967 I was 23, in graduate journalism school in Missouri, and married. My first son Bryan was just 7-months old. I had no money, was unknown as a photographer, and had no mentors. There were two major social upheavals in the U.S. at the time: The Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Socially conscious photographers of the era typically focused on one or the other. My friend Charles Hofheimer proposed we do a book on black family life. He had been working with local organizations involved with bettering the lives of blacks living in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Norfolk, Virginia. I jumped at this idea. Rather than shoot pictures all over what was known as the Berkeley ghetto in Norfolk, we decided to do a photo essay with one cooperative family. James Liggins and his wife Callie opened their door to us. They had 7 children ranging in ages from 2-15 years old. The Liggins’ lived in a small apartment in a 5-story tenement building. For approximately one month, I spent all my time with the family." - David Alan Harvey

Edition of 150. Print Signed by David Alan Harvey. Price will increase as edition sells.

Collectors Edition
  • Edition of 150 - Only 109 available to the public.
  • Includes 2015 Editon of the book, a replica of the original 1967 edition, a signed print and 38 replicas of the original Contact Sheet Prints.
Print Details
  • Format: Silver Gelatin Print
  • Sheet Size: 8 x 10 inches
  • Signed on verso
Book Details 2015 Edition
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 76
  • Publisher: BurnBooks
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Size: 10.5 x 15 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-9837864-6-7
Book Details Replica of 1967 Edition
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 36
  • Size: 6 x 9 inches
Contact Sheet Details
  • 38 replicas of original Contact Sheets
  • Sheet Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

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International Orders:
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If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.

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Originally shot In 1967 when David Alan Harvey was just 23 and in graduate journalism school in Missouri. Tell It Like It Is was destined to be re-published. It is a photographic slice of another era, and a small piece of one family’s history in the U.S. The regular edition of the book is also available through the Magnum Store.

This Collector Edition Includes:

Signed silver gelatin print (handmade by David Alan Harvey in his personal home darkroom)
Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie Fiber-Based Paper, Grade #3, Glossy - 8" x 10"

2015 edition of Tell It Like It Is
76 pages, Symbol Tatami white 150 gr - 10.5 x 15

Original 1967 edition (replica) of Tell It Like It Is
36 pages, binding stapled - 6"x 9"

Original 1967 Contact Sheets (replica)
38 sheets - 8.5" x 11"

"In 1967 I was 23, in graduate journalism school in Missouri, and married. My first son Bryan was just 7-months old. I had no money, was unknown as a photographer, and had no mentors. There were two major social upheavals in the U.S. at the time: The Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Socially conscious photographers of the era typically focused on one or the other. My friend Charles Hofheimer proposed we do a book on black family life. He had been working with local organizations involved with bettering the lives of blacks living in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Norfolk, Virginia. I jumped at this idea. Rather than shoot pictures all over what was known as the Berkeley ghetto in Norfolk, we decided to do a photo essay with one cooperative family. James Liggins and his wife Callie opened their door to us. They had 7 children ranging in ages from 2-15 years old. The Liggins’ lived in a small apartment in a 5-story tenement building. For approximately one month, I spent all my time with the family." - David Alan Harvey

Edition of 150. Print Signed by David Alan Harvey. Price will increase as edition sells.

Collectors Edition
  • Edition of 150 - Only 109 available to the public.
  • Includes 2015 Editon of the book, a replica of the original 1967 edition, a signed print and 38 replicas of the original Contact Sheet Prints.
Print Details
  • Format: Silver Gelatin Print
  • Sheet Size: 8 x 10 inches
  • Signed on verso
Book Details 2015 Edition
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 76
  • Publisher: BurnBooks
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Size: 10.5 x 15 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-9837864-6-7
Book Details Replica of 1967 Edition
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 36
  • Size: 6 x 9 inches
Contact Sheet Details
  • 38 replicas of original Contact Sheets
  • Sheet Size: 8.5 x 11 inches

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

International Orders:
Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.