A New York – Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19
(Ed. Note: A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19 is a stunning compilation of photographs that capture the story of the pandemic through the lens of a celebrated documentary photographer. You can purchase a limited signed special edition of the book at www.peterturnley.com for the special price of $60. Orders placed before Midnight December 4, 2020 will be delivered before Christmas.)
As a documentary photographer I have covered most of the world’s major news stories, including most of the world’s wars over the past four decades. On the first day of the lockdown in New York, I did what was most natural to me: I went out into the city with my camera—and a mask, gloves, and a distinct awareness of the mortal risk involved, always trying to be as careful as possible. I was stunned and shaken by what I saw. I realized immediately that this was the first time I was going to witness a world war with an invisible enemy at “home,” and it became clear to me that this was going to impact every single person, and that every person had a story.
I immediately began a daily New York lockdown diary and each day published an album of photographs and diary entry on social media. I soon realized from the response of viewers worldwide that this crisis was the first in many of our lifetimes, where every person in the world is interconnected by the impact and realities of it, and that we all greatly identified with the shared stories of the people I encountered daily. The stories all were from New York for the first two months, until I landed back in Paris in May. The stories from across the ocean in another of the world’s most vibrant cities augmented and underscored the universality of the profound human consequences provoked by this moment—which still has no clear outcome.
Here is a sample of photographs from A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19
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Copyright © 2020 Peter Turnley
Peter Turnley is renowned for his photography of the realities of the human condition. His photographs have been featured on the cover of Newsweek forty-three times and are published frequently in many of the world’s most prestigious publications. He has worked in over ninety countries and has witnessed most major stories of international geopolitical and historic significance in the last forty years.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, and Harvard, where he completed a Nieman Fellowship in 2000-2001. Turnley has received honorary doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York, Ohio Wesleyan University and St. Francis College of Indiana.
Among the many international awards Turnley has won is the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. He was a nominee this year for the Visa D’Or Award for News from the prestigious internatonal photojourmalism festival, “Visa Pour L’Image” in France.
Turnley has both American and French nationality, and lives in both New York and Paris and has published seven books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, McClellan Street, French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris, and Cuba: A Grace of Spirit. His new acclaimed book, A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19, can be purchased only on his website:www.peterturnley.com