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Tuesday, 19 September 2017


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I think the red tail lights make the image, without which it would be more of a study in perspective and the colour blue. Also, those tail lights would of course be pointless in a B&W version.

It almost feels like the art and music world is emptying out.

Pete was one of my earliest color photography influences, mainly due to all the excellent CTI record covers he did back in the day. When his Jazz book was released I tried to get a signed copy, but he wasn't offering any, although he was kind enough to respond via email - something I did not expect. His work in Africa was also quite delightful. Time to pull out the CTI records and spin a few in his honor. He will be missed. Thanks for all the great work Pete.

I have a shelf full of CTI albums with Pete Turner pictures on their covers. Antonio Carlos Jobim on the headphones and losing yourself in great picture, I feel sorry for the download generation.
There are a lot of really good photographers out there but only a few truly great ones. Pete Turner was a great photographer.

My knowledge of Pete Turner was limited to viewing his images. But those impressions certainly represented inflective forces in my love and respect for the use of color in photography. I am very sad to read that Pete has died but thank him for work that made a great difference to me.

I also just lost an old friend last week(he was 96). John was a master photographer (he qualified prior to World War 2) who taught me not only about landscape photography, but also about life through his vision. Although he had been a photojournalist in Europe, he primarily photographed the landscape in color, and was fascinated by the richness of the colors here in Australia.

I once asked him why he had stopped photographing other things? He said life was too short to keep photographing the bad things in life, as they reminded him of the past. John was also born of the Jewish faith, and lost most of his family in the concentration camps in WW2.
He photographed the world around him because it was beautiful. He had friends of all nationalities and didn't hold any grudges.

It is a vision I aspire to...

My favorite Pete Turner image (like a lot of folks I'd imagine) is Times Square, 1958 - the stoplight photo. The color intensity there is something I don't think I ever would have seen to photograph that way. That color, helped by the weather, definitely convey emotion.

Plus you posted a terrific critique in your "Great Photographers of the Internet, Part II" column : http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2009/11/great-photographers-on-the-internet-part-ii.html

[You know I had no memory of that--don't remember writing it. Do remember the picture though. --Mike]

Where can we see more of his work ?

Rob: don't think of what Pete gave to you as a debt, think of it as a gift.

google images "pete turner album cover"

I remember fondly reading American Photo and their articles on some of the greats of the '70s and '80s, Pete Turner included. And if I remember correctly, he had a color slide masking technique that helped set him apart and became a signature style for him. This news saddens me a bit. Rest in peace Pete Turner.

I met Mr. Turner at a Photo Show in 1998. He sign a poster of one of his images. I told him how much his work affected me since I was 16, and he said. "Don't stop shooting, and always ask yourself, what's next", Thank You Mr. Turner

"Where can we see more of his work ?"


A sad loss.



Like many other photographers I discovered Pete Turner looking at photography magazines and seeing his work in the Nikon ads. He, along with a few others was my inspiration to get into the business. His influence on me was tremendous!
I recall the first time we spoke on the phone he was so incredibly polite and positive.
Thank you Pete Turner for setting such a high standard and giving the world a stunning body of imagery. George Diebold

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