Pete Turner: African Journey

Pete Turner
Pete Turner’s “African Journey” features Electric Earring, 1970

In African Journey, Pete Turner’s keen eye for color and composition brings a sense of poignancy to his photographic jaunt across the African continent. Turner’s fascination with the African landscape, wildlife, and people is vividly presented through 145 color images. The book is exquisitely designed by Massimo Vignelli and features an introduction by legendary photographer Gordon Parks.

Pete was born in Albany, New York, and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. An early interest in chemistry led him to a lifetime fascination of photography and a great affinity to color. In 1967, The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited Turner’s most controversial image of the time, “The Giraffe.” The red giraffe illustrated his growing interest in treating color as a graphic element.

Since then, Turner’s lifetime devotion to photography has brought him innumerable honors. Turner’s photographs are in the permanent collections of multiple museums all over the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris.

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Pete Turner
Cheetah, 1970

Pete Turner

Pete Turner

Author: Kayla Harris for Graphis

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