Rich Turner began his photography career in the U.S. Navy photographing assignments from the back seat of supersonic jets and in faraway locations including New Zealand and Antarctica. His subsequent work as an award-winning photojournalist at the Roseville Press-Tribune (3 years) and the Stockton Record (16 years) newspapers led to opening his own fine art and commercial photography studio in 1990.
Documenting the environment in general and the California Delta in particular has been the interest of the award-winning photographer for over 40 years. Based in Stockton, California since 1974, he has employed his camera to capture the changing vistas and compelling character of vast natural resources just beyond his own back door. Forays into the Delta and beyond have resulted in his discovery of grand and stately vistas worthy of preservation.
“Educating people about environmental issues is widely acknowledged to be a key factor in protecting the environment. What better medium to convey the overwhelming beauty of our surroundings than art? I have always enjoyed the awe-inspiring splendor of our planet and with a camera I have learned that there is a remarkable change that is brought about when exquisite light magically transforms our magnificent surroundings into something even more amazing.
“Unfortunately, our beautiful and fragile environment is in peril on many fronts. I want to do what I can to document this fragile splendor and share it with as many people as possible, the hope being that we will all become better stewards of the planet that sustains us,” says Turner. “We tend to defend what we love.”
Turner’s fine art photography hangs in the San Joaquin County Administration Building, A. G. Spanos Company Headquarters, Trinity Plaza Medical Center, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Delta Health Systems, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, as well as numerous private collections. He also has self-published three fine art books titled Delta Skies and Delta Drama, and the newly published Delta Grandeur.
Exhibitions of Turner’s fine art photography have been held at: California State Capitol – Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library – San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum – Tidewater Gallery – Hutchins Street Square Gallery – UOP Reynolds Gallery – Alan Short Center Gallery – Fullerton Arboretum
Scheduled Exhibits: Museum on Main, Pleasanton, 2016 – Hayward Area Historical Society, 2017
In addition to chasing the light in the California Delta, Rich Turner is available for assignments in the corporate/industrial arena as well as custom aerial photography.