La Vie en Rose. @ peterturnley asked to make a por…

La Vie en Rose. @ peterturnley asked to make a por…

La Vie en Rose. @ peterturnley asked to make a portrait of me as I kissed little Rose.

He likes the bisous, the kisses – to share the imperfect exchange of affection in its authentic form. We are all imperfectly perfect.

Peter and his brother David live near me. And they, like the sun and moon, are constantly oscillating in my orbit. Today’s conversation with Peter resonated deeply with me about working towards, and not against, being imperfect.

👉 The vulnerable creative is willing to be imperfect to deliver authenticity in raw moments of transparent compassion for the things they hold dearest.

Peter N. Turnley is an American and French photographer known for documenting the human condition and current events, living in and photographing Paris since 1978.

Turnley’s photographs have been used on the cover of Newsweek more than forty times. He and his twin brother were the subjects of a biographical 60 Minutes piece Double Exposure, which aired during their exhibition, In Times of War and Peace at New York’s International Center of Photography in 1996.

Peter’s demeanor is soft, kind, affable. I can understand why others open up to him so quickly. He is the counselor of the camera. The psychiatrist of photography. His talent captures humanity in action – pure, in motion, vibrant storytellers.

Turnley has photographed world conflicts including the Gulf War, Bosnian War, Somali Civil War, Rwandan genocide, South Africa under apartheid, and too much more. My heart aches and breaks for what he continues to witness behind his lens, including the Ukraine war.

Peter witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989, Nelson Mandela’s walk out of prison after 27 years of incarceration, and the ensuing end of apartheid in South Africa. Turnley was also present in New York City at “Ground Zero” on September 11, 2001.

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