Aaron Turner (b.1990) is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. He uses photography to pursue personal stories of people of color, in two main areas of the U.S., the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas. Aaron also uses the view camera to create still life studies on the topics of race, history, blackness as material, and the role of the black artist. Aaron founded a curatorial project titled Photographers of Color in 2014 to aggregate the historical and contemporary work made by artists of color working in lens-based media. Aaron will be developing the beginning stages of the Center for Photographers of Color within the School of Art at the University of Arkansas in the form of a Post MFA Research Fellowship appointment with teaching duties, starting in the spring of 2019.  He received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and participated in the 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University.

Research Interest: Photography as a Transformative Process to understand place, identity, abstraction and aggregation. Photographers of Color.

Available for freelance assignments: fine art in studio, long form documentary, photojournalism 

Prints, books and portfolios available upon request.

Photo: Gus Aronson

Light Work August 2018

Flash Forward 2018 TOP 100 - Magenta Foundation 

Founder/Curator of Photographers of Color

A New Nothing with Emile Askey 

GISH Collective (Gravity is Stronger Here)

Contributor to Strange Fire Collective

Q&A Aaron Turner w/ Zora J Murf - August 2017

photographers of color: Aaron Turner, HannaH Price, Sonsoree Gibson, Edward Cushenberry, Emma Uwejoma, and Wendel White - September 2016

Q&A: Samin Ahmadzadeh - January 2018


Short List Experience - New York Times Student Journalism Institute, The Commercial Appeal, Southeast Ohio Magazine Photo Editor (Spring 2014), New York Times Portfolio Review 2014, ADP Workshop 2014, NABJ Student Project 2014 (Boston), Teaching Assistant Rutgers University (Photography), New York Times Portfolio Review 2015(volunteer), Reviewee - 6th Annual New York Times Portfolio Review April 2018


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Based in Arkansas (January 2019) 



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