Brainfood: We'd Love That Job - Reportage Photographer - David Alan Harvey, National Geographic

What do you do?

I get paid to travel. I devise the brief, whether it's Cuba or Nairobi, and put the whole package together. My job is as much journalism as photography - I get educated on an area, working on intuition and meeting people by chance. I hang out with them as they live their lives, and then get the picture. National Geographic uses the photographs but I own them, so I'm free to publish books of my work.

How did you get the job?

I majored in art history and, after graduate school, landed an art grant while working for a newspaper in Kansas. It was the best time I ever had.

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