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"based on a true story" Original Hardcover Folio. Signed. David Alan Harvey

"based on a true story" Original Hardcover Folio. Signed. David Alan Harvey

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Awards & Reviews

• BurnBooks won the 2012 Lucie Award for (based on a true story)

• Listed as one of the top 10 photo books of the year by Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards in 2012

• Nominated for the Kassel Photo Book Award 2013

• Won POYi’s Best Photography Book Award 2013

• Listed as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The New Yorker.

“(based on a true story) set a new standard for the photo book. Extraordinary photography and book design.” ~ Teju Cole for The New Yorker

“(based on a true story) seems to be a random machine gun attack of a book, but it’s not. It’s held together by carefully (and very cleverly) calculated clues. External elements such as the postcard of clues and the ‘map’ (it’s a visual map – I found it in the end) of the book point you in one direction…you get a raucous, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable ride around the hillsides of Rio de Janeiro, in a book where the text, design and layout is incisive, innovative and fun.” ~ Colin Pantall for photo-eye

“(based on a true story) takes its place as one of the best of the more extravagantly designed photobooks at a time when extravagant design is making a comeback.” ~ Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History Vol. 3

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

Photographs: David Alan Harvey
Printing by EBS, Verona, Italy 

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