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Indescribable Otherness

The Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City features a selection of iconic photographic images from the 1950s to the late 1990s by Pete Turner, a pioneer of color photography.

There’s a difference between photographing in color and photographing color. Pete Turner certainly did the latter. Depicting scenarios that ranged from classic Americana, other-worldly African landscapes, Jazz musicians and surreal abstractions, he broadened the idea of what could be done with color at the time. “The color palette I work with is really intense”, he said. “I like to push it to the limit.”

The critic A.D. Coleman would define Pete Turner’s art as an “indescribable otherness”, and artists like David LaChapelle, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr followed his steps after he influenced the end of an era that regarded black and white photography as holding superior artistic dignity compared to color.

The exhibition “Pete Turner: The Color of Light” is on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery until May 13.

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