Peter Turnley’s French Kiss. A letter to Paris Exhibition at La Galerie

Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis, 1993
By Butterboom Writers  /  May 4, 2015

US photo journalist, Peter Turnley went to Paris in 1975 and felt in love with the city. He become the assistant to the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau in Paris in the early 1980’s. His romantic and beautiful shots of Paris is an expression of the beauty and power of love, seen through the tender kisses and embraces that Parisian displayed publicly in the city of love everywhere either its a walk in the park, the streets, on the riverbanks.  A distinct contrast to the stark realities depicted in his photojournalism work, Peter shows his eye for beauty and knack for capturing the magic moment. 

Turnley is better known for his work as a photo journalist covering the world’s conflicts of the last decade including the Gulf War-1991, the Balkans, Rwanda, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Kosovo, the war in Iraq-2003, fall of the Berlin Wall, the liberation of Nelson Mandela. He was in New York at “Ground Zero” on Sept 11, 2001, New Orleans during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He is known for his portraits of the world’s most influential people including Obama, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Putin, Mandela, Arafat, Gaddafi, Chirac, Clinton, Reagan, Bush Sr, Lady Diana, and Pope Jean Paul II.

Esplanade de Trocadero, 2013

About the artist

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York and St. Francis College of Indiana. He received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard for the academic year 2000-2001.

Turnley’s photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Harper’s, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde, New Yorker, and DoubleTake. Turnley’s photographs have been published the world over and have won many international awards including the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad.

He presently lives in both New York and Paris, his adopted city for almost forty years, and has previously published six books of his work: French Kiss – A Love Letter to Paris, Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, and McClellan Street.

Ma Bourgogne, place des Vosges, 1982

Date: 1 May-7 June 2015
Time:Sunday to Wednesday  11am to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday  11am to 9pm
Venue: G/F – 74 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2540- 4777




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