Happy Valentine's Day!
CNN this morning is featuring a small portfolio of pictures taken over the years in Paris by Peter Turnley, of lovers kissing. Peter's been collecting these pictures recently under the working title "French Kiss" for an upcoming book. Here's the link to CNN.
As you know if you're a regular reader of TOP, my friend Peter has been a working photojournalist for more than four decades, with more than 40 Newsweek covers to his credit. Although we're not primarily a picture site, some of his most recent work saw its original publication here on TOP— to date the only original photojournalism we've published, something I'm proud of. You can see a collection of Peter's entire life's work, including the high points of his photojournalistic work, in a new portfolio at his website entitled "Moment of the Human Condition, 1972–Present."
A photojournalist necessarily has to see humanity at its worst, regularly confronting scenes of death, destruction, violence, and human suffering and pain. Like policemen or soldiers, photojournalists see things most of us don't have to see—it's their job. And this isn't trivial—for some, aftereffects like PTSD and depression can be very serious.
For Peter, quiet, lyrical photographs of love and romance amid the famous beauty of his adopted home city have been an essential counterbalance that has helped to nourish his positive, affirmative, and hopeful outlook on life.
Have a nice day today. And remember the flowers.
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