An American soldier stands on top of a destroyed Iraqi tank. Kuwaiti oil wells, ignited by Saddam's retreating forces, burn in the distance, Kuwait
Medium:Archival Pigment Print
A horizontal color photograph of a soldier standing on top of a destroyed tank. In the background of the photo, there are fires burning.
Peter Turnley began photographing in 1972 in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his twin brother, David, photographed the life of the inner-city, working-Class McClellan Street, working to give a voice to the heart of America. Since this early project, his photographs have always drawn attention to the plight of those who have suffered great hardships or injustice, while finding that many aspects of life are also beautiful, poetic, just and inspirational.
Turnley’s photographs have been on the cover of Newsweek magazine 43 times. He has worked in over 90 countries photographing world conflicts including the Gulf War, the Rwandan genocide, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and Nelson Mandela’s walk out of prison. He was present at “Ground Zero” in New York City on September 11, 2001 and in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His most recent book “A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19” is a visual tribute to the humanity of all the heroes and victims of the invisible enemy of the Covid-19 virus in 2020.