PETER BROWN PHOTOGRAPHER
Peter Brown lives in Houston with his wife Jill Fryar and their daughter Caitlin. He attended Stanford University (BA English, MFA Photography) and has taught in the art departments at Rice University in Houston and at Stanford. He has exhibited and published his work widely.
His photographic awards include the Dorothea Lange - Paul Taylor Prize (with Kent Haruf) from the duke Center for Documentary Studies for a collaborative book; an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award from Columbia University and Cunningham Award from the Imogen Cunningham Trust for a portfolio entitled Seasons of Light, a fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation, an Individual Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, an individual artist's grant from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and a publication grant from the Graham Foundation for On the Plains, his most recent book. On the Plains also won the Fred Whitehead Award for design from the Texas Institute of Letters. He is presently photographing the Llano Estacado under a grant from the Southwest Collection of Texas Tech and the central high plains of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming with the novelist Kent Haruf.
His photographs are in many public, private, university and corporate collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection in Houston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angles County Museum of Art and the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Stanford University Museum of Art, the Rice University Collection, The Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, the Sheldon Museum at the University of Nebraska, the Spencer Museum of the University of Kansas, the Snipe Museum at Notre Dame, and the University of Kentucky Museum of Art, among many others. His work has been exhibited both in one man and group shows in many museums and galleries in this country and abroad.
His Firs book, Seasons of Light, consisted of photographs of interior domestic scenes with short prose pieces, and was published with an after word by Denise Levertov by the Rice University Press in 1988. His second book, On The Plains, deals with the open landscape and small towns of the western plains. This book, published with an introduction by Kathleen Norris by W.W.Norton, was excerpted in Double Take, LIFW, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly.
His work has also appeared in Dwell, House and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Duke, Stanford, Popular Photography, American Photographer, FotoMetro, Southwest Art, American Cowboy and other magazines - as well as on the covers of books by Annie Proulx, Jane Smiley, Kent Haruf, Denise Levertov and Susan Wood.
In Houston, he is on the Board of the Houston Center for Photography, and the Art Board of Fotofest.
His writing appears regularly in Double Take and Spot.