My name is Tyrone Turner and I am a photographer. My family and I live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., but I am a native son of Louisiana. Born and raised in New Orleans, I return as often as possible to explore the magical ebb and flow of life along the Gulf Coast.
My work as a visual storyteller has allowed me to travel widely, to live in other countries, and to experience the lives of so many interesting people.
This chance to connect with others, witness their lives, and tell their stories is why I fell in love with photography. The issues that I have pursued orbit around some recurring themes: the health and welfare of children and families, the threatened coastal areas of the United States, the legacy of slavery in the Americas. I keep circling these issues, especially in Louisiana and Brazil, finding stories that allow me to dive in a little further, explore the nature of humanity, the natural world and the relation between the two.
I appreciate your spending time with my work.
Tyrone Turner is an independent photographer based in Arlington, VA, who has traveled extensively shooting stories focusing on social and environmental issues. As fellows for the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA)
he and his wife, Susan Sterner
, documented life in the Northeast of Brazil from 1998 through 2000. In 2003, the Soros Foundation
awarded him a Justice Media Fellowship to photograph the lives of youths incarcerated in the adult correctional system. For the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Academy of Nursing, he has documented healthcare and healthy communities around the United States.
From 2011- 2014, Tyrone worked with the Centers for Disease Control on the still photo advertising campaign "Tips From Former Smokers."
As a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, he has produced stories on the disappearing wetlands of Louisiana (October 2004)
; increasing hurricane threats (August, 2005)
; the coasts of the United States (July, 2006)
; a special issue on hurricane Katrina (Fall 2005); the rebuilding of New Orleans (August, 2007)
, and a cover story on energy efficiency and conservation (March, 2009)
. Tyrone was part of the Nat Geo team covering the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010
, covered explorer Bill Saturno uncovering Maya paintings in Guatemala ( May 2012
), and shot a feature story in the magazine on "quilombos", or runaway slave communities in Brazil (April 2012)
. From August 2014 to August 2015, Tyrone collaborated with the Nat Geo Proof blog
, producing still and multimedia stories about New Orleans as the ten year anniversary of Katrina approached.
He has won awards from the Pictures of the Year competition (POY) as well as The Best of Photojournalism (BOP). He was recently was named as a Fellow with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art for 2016-2017.
Tyrone has been an adjunct instructor and a project mentor for the New Media Photojournalism masters program at the Corcoran School of Art + Design and volunteers with the News Literacy Project.
Tyrone holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in Comparative Politics from Georgetown University.
Languages- Spanish and Portuguese