Gazing Into the Soul

© David Turnley

From the outset, I learned how crucial it is to gain
the trust of the people you’re photographing,
so you can fully immerse yourself in their lives
and capture the authenticity.“

David Turnley

For his coverage of the greatest events of the 20th century, in 1990 David Turnley won the most prestigious prize in the world of journalism: a Pulitzer. But you won’t find any grand images straight from the pages of the history books in this exhibit. Here, we’re exploring another side of David’s talent. 

Firstly with the exceptional work Anna and Flander, completed over two years between 1978 and 1980 on a farm near Detroit, Michigan. With extraordinary tenderness, the farmer followed a couple of ageing farmers, the Hamlins, in their daily life, documenting their routine and the vicissitudes of the life of a farmer in rural America in that pivotal era. 

Next, with an intimate series documenting Paris and its inhabitants. Like his twin brother, David fell in love with the French capital many years ago, and still lives there to this day. Perhaps because he is American, or maybe simply because of his insatiably curious eye, even after all these years, he’s never stopped photographing Parisians as though he’s new in town. As he wanders the streets, parks and restaurant terraces, in summer and winter, before, during and after Covid, he creates a massive photographic directory of the most beautiful city in the world and the souls who live there.

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