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Peter Turnley: The Compassionate Lens

August 27, 2018 - December 7, 2018

Photograph by Peter Turnley

Nelson Mandela emerges from the shadows after twenty-seven years in captivity; the Berlin Wall crumbles; Kurdish refugees flee from Iraq to southern Turkey – these are the scenes of the human condition. If it happened in the last thirty years, photojournalist Peter Turnley was there, camera in hand. Traveling to over ninety countries, Peter Turnley (American, b. 1955) has made a career documenting the human condition.

His work has appeared in the pages of Harper’s, LIFE, National Geographic, The London Sunday Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, DoubleTake, and on the cover of Newsweek over forty-three times. Turnley’s photographs often draw attention to the struggles of marginalized and oppressed populations, including the ongoing refugee crisis. At the same time, he uses his lens to uplift moments of beauty, justice, and inspiration. His noteworthy subjects have included Indira Gandhi, Barack Obama, Fidel Castro, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II and many more. This exhibition showcases Turnley’s unwavering dedication to documenting the human experience, in all of its forms, around the world.

Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday 9 AM – 10 PM.


SEP 20  Join us for a reception celebrating our fall exhibitions.   Welcome our new director, Dr. William Crow.  Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 6-8 PM.  

OCT 18  Gallery talk about The Future is Female with professor Lucy Gans, The Gallery at Rauch Business Center, 6 PM.  Reception to follow.

DEC 01  Farewell reception for LUAG director/chief curator Ricardo Viera, Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 3-6 PM.

DEC 10  Study night at the museum, LUAG Lower Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, 6-11 PM.  Refreshments and snacks provided.  For LU students only.

All LUAG events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.  All programs subject to change.  Please call 610.758.3615 for more information.


August 27, 2018
December 7, 2018
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