Peter Peryer

Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1941

Peter Peryer

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.

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Auction Results

Bluebells

2012

C-type print, edition 11/50

115mm x 155mm

Achieved $1,081.13

The Wind at Whenuapai

1998

gelatin silver print, edition of 10

103mm x 148mm

Achieved $1,035

Datura

2002

gelatin silver print, edition 10/15

400mm x 300mm

Achieved $2,579.50

untitled

c. 1976

gelatin silver print

253mm x 204mm

Achieved $900.94

After Peryer

2002

digital print on Arches paper 999, artist's proof

175mm x 130mm

Achieved $644.18

untitled

c. 1976

gelatin silver print

253mm x 204mm

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

The Lion, Copenhagen

1997

gelatin silver print, edition 9/15

335mm x 505mm

Achieved $1,876.00

Alligator

1998

gelatin silver print

300mm x 245mm

Achieved $2,579.50

Erika c 1979

1979. Printed 1988.

gelatin silver print

405mm x 268mm

Achieved $12,312.81

Engine Leaving Glen Innes Tunnel

1992

gelatin silver print

350mm x 350mm

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

AEPB

1975

gelatin silver print

176mm x 177mm

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000