About the Artist (watch the documentary in the sidebar for more)

< new_portratit.jpgRobert Turner has been working professionally with a camera for more than thirty-five years. Before turning to large-format still photography he worked in film. As president of Spectrum Films, Inc. he shot on locations from the high Andes of Peru to the streets of Manhattan. He and his partners wrote and directed more than sixty non-fiction films. Their productions were honored with forty-six national and international film festival awards.

Bob now devotes most of his energy to fine art, landscape photography, logging 20,000 miles a year in pursuit of the light on the land. His work will be featured in museum, art fair, and gallery shows in the upcoming year, and hangs in private collections across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His prints also reside in numerous corporate collections, including those of AG Edwards, Deloitte & Touche, Goldman Sachs, ResMed, and Sprint. His images are identified by their strong composition, rich use of color, and sense of depth.

The traveling exhibit, ROBERT TURNER: RARE PLACES IN RARE LIGHT, was hosted in recent years by the Harvard Museum of Natural History as well as venues in San Diego, Cleveland, Los Angeles, the Napa Valley and Cody, Wyoming.

Bob was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its Boston Pops mode to create a montage of ninety of his landscape photographs for projection on a forty-five foot screen above the Boston Symphony Hall stage during two live performances of Dvorak’s New World Symphony. As an outgrowth of this project, he has returned to his roots in moving pictures to create a video in 4K (commercial cinema) resolution that expands the Boston montage to include new images. He has also produced four additional 4K video pieces with music by 20th Century composers based on a recent body of camera-based, non-figurative work. All of these videos are configured for large-scale projection in a darkened exhibit space.

Bob grew up steeped in the art of the New York museum world as well as the natural history of the forests of northern New Jersey and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. A member of the Audubon Society since childhood, he is an avid conservationist. He studied anthropology and fine art at the University of Colorado. After college he lived and worked in highland Peru for several years. When not traveling the back roads of the country he lives with his wife in Del Mar, California.

Forefront Documentary

ForefrontWatch this public affairs program profiling Robert Turner and his work. Produced by Cox Comm. Channel 4, San Diego.

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Robert Turner's Visual DiaryA behind the scenes Visual Diary of Robert Turner's work.

Boston Pops Commission

Boston PopsA montage of photos was projected behind the orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall during the Boston Pops 2007 Spring Season.

“Alpenglow” in Thread

Camera-Based Art

Bob has embarked on a new body of work outside the landscape genre. The first images in the series can be seen here.

Audio Commentaries

Audio CommentariesAn audio guide to five photographs.