From the Manchester College Archives

News Release


3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23

upper College Union

International photographer shares
images of hope, even amid devastation

Photojournalist Peter Turnley, who in the past 20 years has covered nearly every major world event in more than 85 countries, will bring “Moments of the Human Condition” to Manchester College on Tuesday, March 23. The public is invited to the free convocation at 3:30 p.m. in College Union. Reservations are not necessary.

The Fort Wayne native’s photos have provided more than 40 Newsweek covers and have appeared in National Geographic, Life, Le Monde, Paris Match, Harper's Magazine, Geo and The London Sunday Times.

“When I recall all that I have witnessed, and all those who I have met,” says Turnley, “I often ask myself if I was able to make a lasting portrait of these people that powerfully reflects what I recall most about them.”

Some of Turnley’s experiences were life changing: an Eritrean mother who stayed with her dying child on a hard, dirt floor in an Eastern Sudan hospital tent for weeks; an Armenian man who offered Turnley his scarf after losing all of his possessions and family in the 1988 earthquake that claimed 35,000 lives; a woman in East Berlin before the wall fell asking what it was like to fly on an airplane, to go through customs … to be free.

Turnley is a graduate of the University of Michigan (French literature), the Sorbonne of Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (international relations), and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. For more about Peter Turnley, visit

March 2010



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