During his long career, David Turnley has dodged gunfire, shaken hands with world leaders, witnessed the toppling of regimes and won a Pulitzer Prize. But what has given him perspective, he said, are memories from an indelible part of his college years: a 1973 stint as a walk-on — along with his twin, Peter — on the University of Michigan’s storied football team.
Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley's Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students
I had a wonderful opportunity today in that I got to enjoy the company of Pulitzer Prize-winner photojournalist David Turnley in the setting of my very
David Turnley had so much to say on the matter of street shooting and his experiences of so many decades of work, and I was so overloaded with joy and the relevant information he brought to the table based on real experience from a career as a humanitarian and war photographer, that it was hard to capture everything he was saying, but some important things he shared with us did manage to stick with me.
David Turnley was in Paris when he got the call. His brother Peter was in Beijing to cover the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to China but was on the line with different, more exciting news. A small group of students had taken to the streets in protest in Tiananmen Square—and their numbers were swelling.
David Turnley on Rwanda: For 20 years it’s been very hard for me to make sense of this, and I haven’t been ready to go back to look at the photos. I have lived with the frustration from what I saw in Rwanda about the capacity of human behavior. I think it’s given me a tremendous amount of motivation to find other kinds of ways, other dimensions of that manifestation to make that real for people.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley spent 28 years photographing South Africa’s struggles of apartheid. Having documented the life of Nelson Mandela and his people, Turnley reflects for LightBox on his memories of Mandela on the day of his release from prison.
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