The Stock Asylum Launches New Column By Industry Veteran John Terence Turner

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The Stock Asylum, a trade web site covering the stock photography industry, will run a new column by veteran stock photographer John Terence Turner. Each column will discuss the creation of a single image. Turner has won numerous awards for his photography and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

If you have ever wondered how top stock photographers create those special, one-of-kind images, you will want to read a new column by industry veteran John Terence Turner. The column will appear twice a month on The Stock Asylum web site starting today.

Entitled "JTT on Stock," Turner's new column will be available from a link on the right side of The Stock Asylum home page. Each column will discuss the creation of an individual image, offering valuable insights into the photographic process as it pertains to stock photography.

"Bringing John to our readers is just another way for The Stock Asylum to fulfill its mission as the premier source of information about all aspects of the stock photo industry," said Ron Rovtar, managing editor of the three-year-old web site.

"One would be hard-pressed to think of a stock photographer who has been more successful than Turner over the last 20 years," Rovtar added.

Turner's Nike poster, "There is not finish Line," was one of the first ads for the highly successful running shoe company. Another Nike poster by Turner, "Most Heros are Anonymous," was judged the best national color ad by the New York Art Directors Club. The Seattle photographer has won numerous other awards, including Addys.

Turner started creating photography during a two-year stint in the Peace Corps in the mid-1960s. Though he was originally shooting for local use in the Dominican Republic where he was stationed, he was surprised to find that the Washington DC Peace Corps office liked his work and wanted it for international publications. In fact, Washington administrators liked his work so much that they moved him from the isolation of the Haitian border to Santo Domingo.

After leaving the Peace Corps, Turner was active in a presidential campaign, photographed for both the Waterville Valley ski resort and ski-maker K2 where he was Director of Advertising, and freelanced for Seattle Magazine. He then earned a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

His career in stock photography started when FPG editors spotted some of his action, sports and people images in a Black Book ad during the mid 1980s. FPG, which eventually was bought by Getty Images, funded many of Turner's early stock shoots with $50,000 in zero-interest loans.

Since then, Turner has become known for his carefully-planned shoots of outdoor sports like climbing, bicycling and skiing, as well as touching lifestyle photos of real people. He has photographed skiers on Mt. McKinley and hung out of a helicopter to shoot a close-up of the bow of a moving ship.

The dramatic image of a female climber under a rock shelf in his first column took two years to set up because he could not find an appropriate location.

"If there is something that is interesting to me, I just kind of go at it," Turner said. "But I don't want to duplicate something that is already out there. I always try to make it different from what everyone else is doing."

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