They were just a couple of Waynedale boys, living in the Indian House that is located next to the South West Conservation Club on Bluffton Road. It was the early seventies and legend has it that David Turnley injured a knee playing football for Elmhurst High School. While he was in re-hab, his parents, bought him a camera and under the direction of Elmhurst’s art teacher Don Goss the beginning of an amazing career for both himself and his twin brother Peter was born.
At the age of seventeen, The Turnley twins began documenting life on McClellan Street in downtown Fort Wayne. Some of those photos were published in 1975 in a magazine called “35MM Photography.” During the year they spent with the residents of McClellan Street, they took over twelve hundred photographs. They detailed everyday life, gained the trust of the residents and were welcomed into the neighborhood.
In the fall off 2003, David Trurnley was in Fort Wayne at the Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center at the University of Saint Francis promoting his award winning documentary film La Tropical.
Since that time the two brothers decided to take a fresh look at the photos they created over thirty years ago and they put together a book titled “McClellan Street.”
The book, which was released on October 24 ’07, is assembled from forty rolls of film from their original project. Forty to fifty percent of the photos in the book have never been published before.
David Turnley won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of revolutions around the world. His first video work, The Dali Lama: At home in Exile, won the 2001 Cine Golden Eagle and it was nominated for an Emmy. He currently works as a staff photographer with Getty Images. He lives in New York City.
Peter Turnley is contributing editor/photographer for Harpers Magazine. Over the past 25 years, he has covered many of the world’s most newsworthy events, including the Gulf War, 9/11, and the war in Iraq. As a contract photographer for Newsweek from 1984 to 2001, his images have appeared on the magazine’s cover 43 times. Turnley is author of Parisians. He lives in NYC and Paris.
The Turnley’s, Peter and David, will be at the Fort Wayne Mueseum of Art, 311 E. Main Street, on Friday, November 2nd at 7:00PM for a lecture and book signing.
Their new book is published by Indiana University Press, 601 North Morton Street, Bloomington Indiana, 47404