‘French Kiss’: Romance in Paris
More than 40 years ago, American Peter Turnley discovered photography. Since then he has covered the news worldwide as a photojournalist, currently with Corbis Images, traveling to more than 90 countries.
In 1975, he moved to Paris, his “adopted home,” and began an ongoing project he calls “French Kiss.” He said that in all of his travels, there are few places he’s seen where people publicly express love and romance with the pride and beauty that Parisians do.
“The theme of love in Paris is implicitly intertwined with the heart of Paris itself,” Turnley said, which inspires him because love is eternal and timeless.
He counts these images as a reminder of how wonderful life can be. Even after documenting hardships around the globe, he holds to the belief that there is beauty in the world.
Turnley sees these public expressions – a tender kiss or warm embrace – as present today as they were in 1975.
“Valentine’s Day is a wonderful occasion each year to stop and think about the people we love,” he said. “I'm pleased to honor the theme of love and romance so close to all of our hearts with this set of photographs from the streets of Paris.”