Seduced by Color
photographs by
Pete Turner


July 23 - September 22, 2004

 

Pete Turner is best described in the words of A.D. Coleman: "A dramatist's sense of event, intense and saturated coloration, and a distinct if indescribable otherness are omnipresent in Turner's images: they have been presented in magazines and books, on record jackets, as billboards and posters--and as original, signed prints."

Pete Turner was born in 1934 in Albany, New York. An early interest in chemistry led him to a lifetime fascination for photography and a great affinity to color. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1956.

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, his work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the United States. His photographs are in the permanent collections of major world museums.

Turner’s long time devotion to photography has brought him innumerable awards from various design groups and photography associations (over 350 awards including “The Oustanding Achievement in Photography” award from the ASMP and the PMDA Award in 2000). In 1986, Harry Abrams published his first monograph “Pete Turner Photographs”. His second monograph, “Pete Turner African Journey” (Graphis, 2001) is the visual diary of Turner’s on-going adventure in Africa which began with his first journey in 1959 from Cape Town to Cairo. He is currently working on “The Color of Jazz”, a book of the many jazz albums he did over the years and that have become legendary.