Pete Turner is a magician of color. He has produced many distinctive
photographs that have yielded much great art in advertising (Bacardi, General
Motors, BMW Motorcycles, Canadian Club, AT&T and Volkswagen
many others), magazine covers (from Good Housekeeping to
Playboy), pictorial spreads (Esquire, OMNI, Look, Holiday), book
features (The Great Cities: Moscow) and
book covers (notably Dian Dincin Buchman's "The Complete Book Of
Water Healing," Luanne Rice's "Blue Moon" and Martin Hegwood's
He has photographed exotic
locations and events throughout the world and captured many
actors, musicians, models, politicians, royalty and American
presidents with his own way of seeing. In addition to being
catalogued in many photo journals over the last half century,
Turner has also published two books of his own work,
Pete Turner Photographs (1987) and
African Journey (2001).
Turner’s photography has also graced some of the best and most
important album covers of the last half-century.
Many are the result of
Turner's relationship with jazz producer Creed Taylor, whose
lengthy career produced historic music at the ABC Paramount,
Impulse and Verve labels and, most memorably, at the producer's
own CTI Records.
Turner's covers make these
records stand out on any shelf. Many are great works of art and
worthy of being framed and hung on a wall. Indeed such famed
album covers as "Rolling Ball" and Giraffe" are now housed in museums around the world.
Turner's covers are never less than iconic and often more
memorable than the music they contain.
important to the visual history of recorded sound.
album cover work can be seen here, in the book
The Color Of Jazz, published in
September 2006 and at Pete Turner's web site,
where information is available on to purchase prints and
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