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II Photo Exhibit. David Turnley: Eyes on the World

The photographs in this collection were donated to the International Institute in 2012 as part of a symposium focused on international human rights.

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David Turnley is considered by many to be one of the best documentary photographers working today. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, two World Press Photos of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award for Courage, he has photographed the human condition in some 75 countries around the world.

Turnley was a Detroit Free Press staff photographer from 1980 to 1998. He was based in South Africa from 1985 to 1987, where he documented the country under Apartheid rule. He has been a dear friend of the Mandela family for the last thirty years and photographed Nelson Mandela and the South African struggle over these last three decades. He was based in Paris from 1987 to 1997, covering such events as the Persian Gulf War, revolutions in Eastern Europe, student uprisings in China, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

He has published seven books of his photographic work, including, Mandela: In Times of Struggle and Triumph, from his extensive time over the last twenty-five years photographing the evolution of South Africa, and Nelson Mandela and his family.

David has directed and produced three feature-length documentaries. The Dalai Lama: At Home and in Exile, for CNN; La Tropical, called by Albert Maysles “the most sensual film ever shot in Cuba”; and his epic story of Shenandoah, about the tough coal region of Pennsylvania.

David is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, with appointments in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and Residential College. He studied filmmaking at Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship and has honorary doctorates from the New School of Social Research in New York, and from the University of St. Francis in Indiana. He received a BA in French literature from the University of Michigan and has also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.
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Map Weiser Hall - Suite 500

August 2017

8:00am - 5:00pm

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