Peter Peryer trained initially as a teacher, graduating from Auckland University with a Masters in Education in 1972, and later working as a lecturer at Auckland Teacher’s College. He is largely self-taught as a photographer, and did not begin to take pictures until 1973, when he was in his thirties. Although Peryer’s work depicts the minutiae of everyday objects and places—people, plants, animals, buildings—his work is not documentary; rather, he carefully stages and curates each image, resulting in structured, elegant compositions. Peryer is a Fullbright Scholar, and studied photography in the United States. In 1998 Peryer’s survey exhibition Second Nature, accompanied by a publication, toured Germany and Australia. In 2007, he was the recipient of the William Hodges Fellowship, resulting in a show at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Following his 2001 survey exhibition at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Gallery, Peryer relocated to the Taranaki region, where he continues to live and work.