About

I'm a native New Yorker who has recently returned after living and working as a photojournalist for 34 years in Florida and Ohio.

I began my photojournalism career as a staff photographer from 1984-1989 at Palm Beach Daily News/Life Magazine.

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 Carrara marble industry • Palm Beach Life Magazine 1988

Carrara marble industry • Palm Beach Life Magazine 1988

In 1990, as a freelancing photojournalist in Ohio, I focused on photographing people on location and working with several non-profit arts organizations. My work appeared in local, national, and private publications. Some of my portraiture were mixed media images combining photos of the subject and their environment.

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From 1996-2015—In collaboration with writer and then husband, Michael Ruhlman, my work focused on food, cooking techniques and professional cooking appearing in cookbooks, magazines and online editorial publications.

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 Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns © Donna Turner Ruhlman

Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns © Donna Turner Ruhlman

An early love of B&W photography kept me in the darkroom until going totally digital in 2012. My 2 beautiful children were often my focus starting with the birth of my first in 1995. 

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I  have also always been fascinated and appreciate the natural design found in nature. My series of photographing leaves was a study of design I found in the structure of leaves.

2008: "Just Leaves" —solo show at The Guren Gallery at The Cleveland Botanical Garden

 Top: "Swiss Cheese X3" bottom left: "She Bamboo" bottom right: "Moon Leaf" © Donna Turner Ruhlman 2008

Top: "Swiss Cheese X3" bottom left: "She Bamboo" bottom right: "Moon Leaf" © Donna Turner Ruhlman 2008

In 2016, I created my first photo pattern designs while working on my solo photography exhibit for The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Along with the photojournalism images of the people and organizations promoting fresh natural food in Northeast Ohio,  I took one image from each location and created 6ft.x6ft. murals. I fell in love with the process and have continued to create more.

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