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Magnum suspends veteran US photographer David Alan Harvey over ‘personal conduct’

The agency will refrain from representing him or his archive till the investigation is underway.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 25, 2020 7:12:49 pm
magnum photos, magnum photos child sexual abuse, magnum sexual abuse, magnum photos, indian express, indian express newsThe agency will no longer represent him. (Source: Magnum Photos)

Photo agency Magnum Photos recently suspended photographer David Alan Harvey. A report in The Guardian said the decision was arrived at after Magnum’s board voted for his suspension unanimously. This is a first of its kind and the agency will refrain from representing him or his archive till the investigation is underway.

“A specific allegation has been made in confidence over the past few days relating to the personal conduct of David Alan Harvey. Such behaviour would represent a breach of [Magnum’s] code of conduct. A formal investigation is being carried out and David Alan Harvey’s membership has been suspended whilst this process takes place. Magnum is committed to a safe work environment and we will fairly and thoroughly investigate allegations of improper conduct by photographers or staff,” their statement read.

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Last week, the agency found itself in hot waters after the aforementioned allegations. The website had shut down temporarily in order to re-examine the contents of the archive. “We sincerely apologise that the Magnum Pro website is temporarily down. We are doing some essential upgrade work over the weekend and hope to have it back on Monday. Thank you for supporting us.”

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