Peter Fraser is a contemporary photographer who has been at the forefront of colour photography as a fine art medium since the early 1980s, emerging alongside peers including Martin Parr and Paul Graham. Fraser’s current exhibition at Tate St Ives includes works drawn from across 30 years of his career, including his most recent series A City in the Mind (2012), and selected works from Fraser’s earlier series, including the seminal Two Blue Buckets (1988), Deep Blue (1997), Material (2002), Nazrali (2006) and Lost for Words (2010).
Fraser was born in Cardiff in 1953 and graduated in photography from Manchester Polytechnic University in 1976. In 1982 Fraser began working with a Plaubel Makina camera, which led to an exhibition with William Eggleston at the Arnolfini, Bristol, in 1984. Fraser went on to spend time living and working with Eggleston in the States, an experience which cemented his belief in the possibilities of colour photography. In 2002 the Photographers’ Gallery, London, staged a twenty-year survey of Fraser’s work, and in 2004 he was shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize.