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Miranda Penn Turin is a freelance photographer and director who has been specializing in portraiture, fashion and beauty for over thirty years. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and splits her time between New York and LA - she shoots all over the world and is grateful to have the best crew on the planet. She first picked up a camera at about eight when her mother gave her a Polaroid Swinger for her birthday, but didn't get serious until she was sixteen - after that she took photography classes every year, it became her informal minor in college. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in creative writing, but her passion for photography overrode her major. In her summer breaks she interned with Boston photographers and began assisting once she graduated. She still considers assisting the greatest photographic education and feels that this step is essential to truly hone one's skill and knowhow. Her best advice for any young photographer is just that - assist, assist, assist.
Miranda's intention when she shoots is to reveal the epic, whatever the subject. She still shoots film whenever she can, loves her 30 year old Nikon FE2 and her Calumet 4x5. She has, however, embraced the digital and loves the formidable reciprocity and range of this generation of cameras. Her clients include Coty, Max Factor, Sony, Universal, Bloomingdales, Fox, Warner Bros. Records, Converse, Conde Nast, the Four Seasons, Chase, MTV and many others. She is currently working with Voices4Freedom, a humanitarian organization committed to abolishing human trafficking all over the world. Her images of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu provide the cover art for The Book of Joy, which spent 37 weeks on the New York Times top fifteen bestseller list. A writer as well, she just completed her first novel.
Her advice on visiting her hometown: eat lobster and don’t try to do the accent. You can follow her on Instagram at @MIRANDAPENNTURIN