Quote of the Pete Turner


“Ultimately, simplicity is the goal—in every art, and achieving simplicity is one of the hardest things to do. Yet it’s easily the most essential.” —Pete Turner (1934-2017)

A pioneer of colour photography, Pete Turner’s career began during the infancy of colour photography, at a time when it was used almost exclusively for commercial purposes. Unlike many contemporaries, Turner embraced colour, seizing opportunities that allowed him to master the process and to create the imagery he felt compelled to make. Unconcerned with the labels of “art” or “commercial,” he has deftly created a life’s work that blurs these boundaries. Turner achieved his vision by combining the technical tools of photography with a perceptive eye for compositional colour. Learning to manipulate hue and saturation early in his career, Turner created photographs that looked unlike anything previously seen. Over the years, he continued to push the medium of photography by employing an impeccable sense of timing and a long-running fascination with geometry and surrealism.