From the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the Rwandan genocide, to “Ground Zero” on Sept. 11, 2001, photojournalist Peter Turnley has witnessed nearly all of the world’s major news stories of geo-political and historic significance over the past 30 years.
On March 31, Turnley’s travels will bring him to Ohio Wesleyan University, where he will discuss “The Human Condition” at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
Before his presentation, Turnley will receive an OWU honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, the university’s highest honor.
Turnley’s career has taken him to more than 90 countries, and his award-winning photographs have been featured 43 times on the cover of Newsweek as well as in other leading publications around the world.
“I have embraced photojournalism as a means to communicate, provoke and inspire, as well as to document history,” Turnley has stated of his work. “I have employed the camera as a voice with which I can shout out about injustice while affirming what is beautiful and good.”
Other notable events covered by Turnley include conflicts in Bosnia, Somalia, Chechnya, Haiti, Israel-Palestine, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Kosovo; the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa; the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in 2011.
In addition, Turnley has met with and photographed world leaders including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev and Yasser Arafat.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Information for this story was provided by Ohio Wesleyan University.