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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 such as Martin Parr and Paul Graham. Much of his work involves an almost obsessive focus on the stuff of the world. For example, the matter and materials that he finds in the everyday.
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. This 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. Then in 2004 he was shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize. Fraser has been an influential figure for a number of important photographers and artists. His students have included Wolfgang Tillmans and Jeremy Millar.