Saturday, February 16, 2013

Parisians - Photographs by Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is the photographic descendant of such master French photographers as Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Édouard Boubat. That Turnley's work has been inspired by these earlier influences comes as no surprise, for as a young photographer he worked as Doisneau's assistant and subsequently became a close friend of Boubat. Yet Turnley's work is uniquely his own, rooted in his forty-year affair of the heart with the most beautiful city in the world. He invites us to share a Paris that outsiders rarely see.
"When I arrived in Paris, the city I encountered sang to my senses. My heart and mind were immediately stimulated by its light, vibrancy, and texture. The French language entered my ears like music and I was captured by the dynamic energy of my new city. During the mid-1970s and the early '80s, philosophical and ideological debates were an active and fundamental part of the Paris scene. There were frequent labor strikes, numerous student demonstrations, and much political agitation. It was the height of the Cold War and, given the centrality of Paris in Europe, one felt in close contact with world affairs. I remember vividly the mass protest marches in Paris when martial law was declared in Poland in 1981. These activities provided strong stimulus for my young spirit." says Peter Turnley
Métro, station St. Germain-des-Prés, 1980

La Brasserie de l'Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1994

Paris, 1991

La Brasserie de l'Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1998

M. Bernard, l'Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1999

La Brasserie de l’Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1994

Le Canal St. Martin, Paris, 1982

18th Arrondissement, Paris, 1978

Le Canal St. Martin, Paris, 1984

Métro, station Cité, Paris, 1981

Café Lacour, rue St. Paul, Paris, 1976

L'Ile de la Cité, Paris, 1982

L'Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1984

Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis, 1998

Brasserie de l'Isle Saint-Louis, 1995

Le Pont Neuf, Paris, 1978

Café, blvd. St. Germain, Paris, 1978

Le Pont St. Louis, Paris, 1982

La Brasserie de l'Ile St. Louis, Paris, 1993

Café Charbon, rue Oberkampf, Paris, 1999

Concierges, rue de Lappe, Paris, 1984

La Place de l'Hotel de Ville, Paris, 1999

All photos © Peter Turnley / Corbis

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