Synopses & Reviews
In their photographs of the most important events in recent history, American-born twin brothers David and Peter Turnley portray the dignity and hope of the individual or community amid great destruction.
As photojournalists since the early 1980s, the Turnley's have covered most of the great conflicts of the past fifteen years, and have been published in the best-known newspapers and magazines. Very often, one of their photographs becomes the iconic representation of the event. This is a result of their spending extended periods in the regions they cover, getting to know the people and the way of life. During the three years David lived in South Africa, he showed apartheid as the prevailing system, its subsequent destruction, and the first elections of the new democratic state. Peter has pursued his interest in documenting the world's fourteen million refugees, and also photographed the fall of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe. Together they photographed student dissidents in the months leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre; their photographs of the massacre itself are among their most recognizable. Shining through all the photographs is the strength of individual character and hope against powerful social and political conflict.
About the Author
David C. Turnley
graduated from the University of Michigan and the Sorbonne, Paris. He has been a photographer for the Detroit Free Press
since 1980, and had won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards. He frequently works on assignment for Time, National Geographic, Newsweek,
Peter N. Turnley graduated from the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne, Paris, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is a contract photographer for Newsweek, which has used his photographs for cover illustrations twenty-nine times, and has won many awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award. His work is frequently seen in The London Sunday Times, Life, and National Geographic.