What I love about this story is the competitiveness and tenacity of both brothers. I really wonder how they got close to their subjects during their early years in their hometown on McClellan Street. Their pictures shows that they have a good relationship and trust with their subjects. I was also amazed how persistent they were to have John Morris examine their portfolio. Having the best in the business examine your portfolio and taking no for an answer. Such an amazing interview with gems of wisdom in it. I look forward reviewing more of David and Peter Turnley's photographs since there is something to be learned from their body of work.
Video Credit: 60 Minutes
-One camera and one lens and together document life in McClellan street.
-At 17, David Turnley started knocking on doors of some of the top editors in New York.
-Not willing to leave until editors came and look into their work.
-John Morris: They don't take no for an answer.
-Competitive to each other.
-You have to know where to be and how to get there, preferably first.
-Mort Rosenblum: Thinks that their key to success is a combination of Midwestern charm, good manners, combined with an infinite amount of tenacity.
-What keeps then going is the belief that their pictures can make a difference. That the world needs to know about the places that they have been and photography is a voice to scream about everything they have seen.
-Peter: I always feel that I don't have to be there. No one has forced me to be there. If I can't keep it together and use that energy and that concentration, intensity to say something and bring back something people should see that I shouldn't be there.
-David: I suppose there are moments when, for me, it's not about making a picture if somebody needs help in front of me I'll do all I can to help them.
-David: I think we cover so many situation where victims are pretty clear in their own minds that they are a product of a process of injustice whatever that might be. And they want people to know that and they want people to see their suffering, that they are somehow, at that moment, being considered, their plight isn't going unheated.