About British photographer Peter FRASER (b.1953, in Cardiff, Wales)
Fine art photographer Peter FRASER studied Photography at Manchester Polytechnic between 1972 and 1976. He was shortlisted for the Citigroup Photography Prize (now known as the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) in 2004.
He was an early adopter of colour photography in the UK, along with Paul GRAHAM and Martin PARR. He began exhibiting colour photographs in 1982. In 1984, Fraser travelled to Memphis, USA to spend two months with William EGGLESTON, after meeting him at Eggleston's first UK exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum the previous year. This experience gave Peter FRASER the confidence to commit to working with colour photography with reference to notions of 'Poetic Truth' rather than notions of 'documentary truth' which prevailed at the time. Therefore, despite the historical pressure of the documentary tradition in British photography at this time he was drawn to making photographs which were in each successive series preoccupied with philosophic and metaphysical questions. Between 1983 and 1986, he made the exhibitions, 'Twelve Day Journey', 'The Valleys Project', 'Everyday Icons and Towards an Absolute Zero' which led to his first publication 'Two Blue Buckets' (1988). This book won the Bill Brandt Award hosted by the Photographers' Gallery in 1989 and led to an international audience for his work. Followed by seven more publications, Peter FRASER has published to date eight photo books in total.
Photo books by Peter FRASER
- 'Two Blue Buckets' (1988, 2017)
'Deep Blue' (1997)
'Nazraeli Monograph' (2006)
'Lost for Words' (2010)
'A City in the Mind' (2012)
'Peter Fraser' (2013, catalogue)
'Mathematics' (2017, with texts by Mark Durden and David Campany)