Photojournalist Captures “Timeless Moments of Romance and Delight” in Paris

Oct 102013
  • Impressionist Landscape, 1991. This iconic image of the Paris skyline is one of Turnley's most popular photos.

Renowned photojournalist Peter Turnley has traveled to more than 90 countries, but one in particular city draws him back: Paris. As he shot the major news events of the past four decades, Turnley, a native of Indiana, also made a second home in the French capital. In his new book “French Kiss—A Love Letter to Paris,” published Oct. 1 and available for purchase on his website, Turnley documents many years of love and romance in his adopted city.

His book has received rave reviews. “Lens,” The New York Times’ photography blog, describes his passionate images as evoking “timeless moments of romance and delight.” And in a recent interview for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Turnley reflects on his remarkable career and his love affair with the City of Light.

The International Center for Journalist is spotlighting Turnley’s outstanding work in its photo auction this year. He has graciously donated 11 signed photos, from poignant shots of refugees in Sudan and Malawi to a haunting photo of a firefighter on 9/11. Turnley is known for his compassionate documentation of the human condition. His images have graced the cover of Newsweek 43 times and frequently appear in the world’s most prestigious publications.

The auction takes place at ICFJ’s Awards Dinner on Nov. 7, but bids can also be placed by contacting Leta Davis at or 202.349.76. To purchase a ticket to the ICFJ Awards Dinner, click here. Proceeds will be used for programs that advance quality journalism worldwide.