Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Peter Turnley is a renown photographer known for his photography of realities of the human condition.
A graduate from University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, and the Institut d’Etudes Politues of Paris, Turnley has also received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the NEw School of Social Research in New York and St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. he has also received a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard in the academic year 2000-2001.
His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek 43 times, and has worked in over 90 countries. He currently has published seven books of his work, with four of them co-published with his twin brother, David Turnley.
He gives credit to Henri Cartier-Breeson and photographers that use photography as a form of public service like Dorothea Lange, Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis, and Eugene Smith as being his photographic inspiration and influence.
He currently resides in Paris and New York, teaching photography workshops on street photography and the photo-essay in Paris, Cuba, New York, Mumbai, Venice, Sicily, and Lisbon.