Virginia Wolfe once said, "If one does not lie back and sum up and say to the moment, this very moment, stay you are so fair, what will be one's gain, dying? No: stay this moment. No one ever says that enough." However, photographers say that when they make a poignant photograph and the moment is captured forever. So this is Larry Turner’s quest: "to stay this moment" through photographic images, whereas moments are made still and alive forever.
Widely published Malin, Oregon photographer/writer Larry Turner is one of the world’s most diverse photographers.
Turner’s photographs are like his life. “I’m not separate from my experience. I am a documentarian. Wherever I go, I attend to light…and light attends to me. The camera is my tool of choice toward bearing witness to my life’s journey.”
Turner’s work has appeared in countless books, magazines, calendars, gallery shows, posters and newspapers, including Range Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Travel and Leisure, The Denver Post, Gourmet, American Heritage, Browntrout Publishers, Avalanche Publishers, Barnes and Noble, Nevada Magazine and Grant Heilman Stock Photo Agency (heilmanphoto.com) outlets. He is noted for his work of the people and landscape of the American West.
“I live a simple and rich life. My greatest heroes are my family. They taught me that if you have love, you have everything. Entitlement is something that I’ve never known. Love, hard work and sensitivity toward my fellow human and other life forms is something that I do know.”
Self taught in photography, Turner considers among his greatest inspiration the works of Eugene Smith, Ernst Haas, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Man Ray, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston. He has a degree from Southern Oregon University.
Turner has adventured by horseback a thousand miles through five states, hot air ballooned into the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, repelled into river caves in Mexico, fly fished remote areas in the Yukon Territory, Belize and Alaska, snow skied ‘in places where I should not have been’, ice climbed a frozen waterfall and generally tries any adventure “at least twice.” He is also at home photographing in the urban landscape of the world.
Oregon Public Broadcasting—an affiliate of PBS—featured his photography work recently.
“His work is pure, eloquent, firm, uncompromising,” says Range Magazine and Purple Coyote Corporation publisher C.J. Hadley.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “As a photographer, I document…and the moment will stay, captured forever in time for posterity…a stillness brought to a moment. If truly captured, it becomes history and wisdom.
This website is dedicated to my wife. Though she lost her mortality early, her immortality bravely moves forward in the hearts and minds that knew her.
The photo life is a life of struggle, failure, tenacity, accomplishment, success. I am the fruit of believing in myself and others…and of others believing in me. Welcome to this small window where you can view part of my world.”