Tell It Like It Is - Signed by David Alan Harvey – Magnum Photos

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This book will ship out on December 19th. We are unable to ship it prior to this date.

Tell It Like It Is was first published in 1968 but it 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.

"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

A Collectors Edition of this book that includes a signed print and replicas of the original 1967 edition as well as 38 replicas of original Contact Sheet prints is also available through the Magnum Store.

Signed by David Alan Harvey

  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 76
  • Publisher: BurnBooks
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Size: 10.5 x 15 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-9837864-6-7

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by David Alan Harvey. In this socially conscious book, Harvey documents one black family in Norfolk, Virginia in the 1960s.


This book will ship out on December 19th. We are unable to ship it prior to this date.

Tell It Like It Is was first published in 1968 but it 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.

"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

A Collectors Edition of this book that includes a signed print and replicas of the original 1967 edition as well as 38 replicas of original Contact Sheet prints is also available through the Magnum Store.

Signed by David Alan Harvey

  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 76
  • Publisher: BurnBooks
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Size: 10.5 x 15 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-9837864-6-7

The Magnum Shop 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 shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.

The Magnum Shop 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 shop@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.