1st September 2023: Peter Black made Arts Foundation Laureate
Along with NZ photographer Fiona Clark and seven other artists, Peter Black received a NZ Arts Foundation Laureate award. Stuff article 1st Sept 2023
For over 30 years Peter Black's photographs have been recognised in significant public exhibitions and publications. Selected career highlights include:
For thirty years Peter developed his own black and white film and made his own silver gelatin prints. A limited number of vintage prints from key bodies of work are still available.
Peter now works in colour with series such as Outskirts which explores the landscape of manufacturing and industry. New Colour is an ongoing series which addresses New Zealand's prospects in the city, country and at the sea shore. Peter has printed these works himself on archival photo rag paper using Epson K3 Ultrachrome inks.
'Peter's photographs insist on a close proximity between 'fictional' and 'real'. He is concerned with the capability of real life to yield metaphors, to expand and contract, to grow. Pictorial analogies abound in the work: while Peter's photographs are images of the real world, they are also a compendium of selected fictions. Together they make a plotless narrative which stretches over nearly 30 years.'- Greg O'Brien, City Gallery,
Real Fiction (Sport 30), 2003, Fergus Barrowman.
Full Greg O'Brien text available at: New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - Sport #30
Peter Black's exhibitions at Photospace Gallery
This short documentary film - Peter Black: Part of the Landscape - was made by Hans Weston, and released March 2021.
The Works for sale page shows a range of prints for sale, both recent colour works and vintage silver-gelatine prints made in the darkroom (the vintage prints are in very limited supply, and no new darkroom prints are being made).
See Vintage prints and Colour prints for the range available to view.
Slide shows of Peter Black photographic series
Click on the photos below to open the slide shows.
All images from these series are available for purchase as archival pigment prints.
For more photographs, see Peter Black's personal website: www.peterblackphotos.com