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Oct. 17, 2003

Photojournalist To Present Images Of Recent History Oct. 27 At UI

World-renowned photographer Peter Turnley will visit the University of Iowa Oct. 25-28 as a visiting professional in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will meet with journalism students and faculty and Daily Iowan staff and give a free, public presentation, "Moments of the Human Condition-Experiencing the World in the Past 25 years through Visual Storytelling." The presentation, co-sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Buchanan Auditorium, W10 Pappajohn Business Building.

Turnley's public presentation takes inspiration from the famed "Family of Man" book and exhibition, and will trace his personal journey as he has documented life, major news events and geopolitical upheavals in 85 countries around the world over a quarter century.

Turnley has photographed for the world's most prestigious magazines, including Newsweek, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le Figaro, Le Monde and DoubleTake. As a contract photographer for Newsweek from 1984 to 2001, he documented nearly every major news event of international significance, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe; the end of apartheid in South Africa and the freeing of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison; the 1991 Gulf War; conflicts in the Balkans (Bosnia), Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, Chechnya, Haiti, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the scene at "Ground Zero" on Sept. 11, 2001; and the 2003 war in Iraq.

He also has maintained ongoing documentation of major refugee populations of the world. Turnley has always conceived each step of his photographic career as part of a larger whole -- an ongoing photographic expression of the key moments of history and a humanistic view of the "Family of Man."

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris, Turnley received a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University for the 2000-2001 academic year. His pictures have won many international awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for best photographic reporting from abroad He has published four books of his work: "Beijing Spring," "Moments Of Revolution," "In Times Of War And Peace" and "Parisians."

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