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February 13th, 2009

Photographer's Showcase: "Everything is Possible"

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Today we are very pleased to welcome Peter Turnley to NCN with a photographer’s showcase.  Peter is truly among our very finest photojournalists and not just because he is a maestro with the camera, but because he operates it with a profound social conscience.  His work as an unembedded photographer during the first Persian Gulf War (aka “Desert Storm”) was central in breaking through efforts to manage and control western perceptions of what was going on.  But no less important was his very earliest work (with his brother David) on race in America (1976) or later efforts from Tiananmen Square (1989) or his work for outlets such as Newsweek, Stern, Life, Paris Match and the list goes on, covering world conflicts everywhere from the Balkans, Somalia, and Rwanda to the Israeli-Palestine controversy.   No less important has been his coverage of the U.S. homefront in the wake of war and conflict.

In this Photographer’s Showcase Peter Turnley features photographs that he took at the recent Inauguration of President Obama. One might wonder why we return to this moment of public elation so quickly, as recent wrangling over the economic stimulus package has served as a sober reminder of the hard core reality of the political world that we live in. We do it mostly because Peter’s photographs are a sensitive and powerful reminder that even in such a political world, “everything is possible.”

Click on an individual photo in the gallery below to see a slightly larger version of the image and Peter’s caption.  Click on the slightly larger photoraph a second time to see a large version of the image.

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  1. on April 24th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    [...] Turnley is an occasional contributor to NCN and today we feature images from his version of “The Family of [...]

  2. ron meyerson said,

    on April 24th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    dear peter,

    bravo!!!!!! what a visual treat. i am so sorry i did not get to the reunion but perhaps our paths will cross again some time in the future.

    regards to david, ron


  3. on November 20th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    [...] fall of Berlin Wall by drawsing upon the work and reminiscences of photojournalist (and longtime friend of NCN) Peter Turnley.  Click on the image to view the video, or click here to read his column on [...]

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