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April 7, 2005

Photographer Peter Turnley To Visit UI, Present 3 Public Lectures

Award-winning photographer Peter Turnley will visit the University of Iowa for two weeks this month as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. While on campus April 14-28 he will meet with students and faculty, conduct workshops for student photographers and present three public lectures.

While documenting life, major news events and geopolitical upheavals in 85 countries around the world over a quarter century, Turnley has always conceived each assignment and project 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."

He will explore this philosophy and life experience in his first public presentation, "The Human Family," Monday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 Biology Building East.

On Thursday, April 21, he will speak about "Gulf & Iraq Wars," at 7:30 p.m., in Room 101, Biology Building East.

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 Iraq War.

He also has maintained ongoing documentation of major refugee populations of the world. On Tuesday, April 26, he will speak on "Refugees: The World's Homeless" at 7:30 p.m. in Biesner Auditorium (Auditorium 1) Bowen Science Building.

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."

Turnley's visit to the UI is supported by the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program of the Office of the Provost, with additional support from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, International Programs, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences, the College of Education, the International Writing Program, the Daily Iowan and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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Story accompanied by images from the night of 9/11 at "Ground Zero."

Work from project on the "Family of Harley-Davidson" worldwide, in conjunction with Harley's 100th Anniversary.

Excerpts from book "The Parisians."

"Seeing Another Gulf War," Iraq War 2003.

"The Unseen Gulf War."

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