Synopses & Reviews
More than 100 black-and-white images of a working-class neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in the 1970s grace the pages of this photo-essay produced by acclaimed photographers David and Peter Turnley. These hauntingly beautiful, raw and real photographs documenting life on McClellan Street were taken by the Turnley twins with a single camera as a high-school project. Although the brothers did not grow up on McClellan Street, their photographs represent a very personal, sincere, direct, and loving interaction with life on a street in the heartland of America. Many of the McClellan Street residents had migrated from Appalachia and some were of Hispanic origin. In a neighborhood that many might have ignored, the young Turnleys saw beauty, diversity, and wonderment. With a maturity beyond their years, they captured the life of this community for future generations.
Published with the generous support of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University.
The Turnleys' images are anything but outdated. Indeed, their pictures are warm, intimate, and evocative. The pictures invite the reader to walk the streets and enter homes with an immediacy and emotional connection that is in the highest traditions of documentary photography.... I marvel that high school students could have taken them!Steve Raymer, author of Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora
"What makes this book even more impressive is the fact that the twin photographers--now world-renowned--were in high school when it was shot. Worthy of a spot on your coffee table." --Indianapolis Business Journal, October 8, 2007 Indiana University Press
"Presents a glimpse of what makes a photographer great.... A terrific publication." --Picture, Jan/Feb 2008
"Capturing a complex reality through silently observed moments, the Turnleys offer us an extraordinary keyhole through which to view the integrity of a workaday life." --Ann Arbor News, April 6, 2008 Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
"These photographs reveal a respect and sensitivity for the humanity of their subjects." --B&W, March 2008
"In a few words, these photographs are presented as works of art. Or journalism. Or history. Or sociology." --The Journal Gazette, October 28, 2007
"The pictures reach a very high standard individually and collectively, and like good music deserves repeated hearings, I think this book will prove well worth going back to look at again and again." --The Online Photographer, April 3, 2008
About the Author
David Turnley won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of revolutions around the world in 1989. His first video work, The Dalai Lama: At Home in Exile, won the 2001 Cine Golden Eagle and was nominated for an Emmy. He currently works as a staff photographer with Getty Images. He lives in New York City.
Peter Turnley is contributing editor/photographer for Harper's Magazine. Over the past 25 years, he has covered many of the world's most newsworthy events, including the Gulf War, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. As a contract photographer for Newsweek from 1984 to 2001, his images appeared on the magazine's cover 43 times. Turnley is author of Parisians. He lives in New York City and Paris.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John G. Morris
List of Photography Credits
About the Photographers