Peter Peryer <em>Self Portrait</em>

Peter Peryer Self Portrait

Peter Peryer: Portrait of a Photographer

  • Saturdays 2-2:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Screening on Saturdays until 18 March 2019
  • Free entry
  • All welcome
  • Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked.

Documentary portrait of acclaimed New Zealand photographer Peter Peryer

Ever wondered why artist Peter Peryer photographed himself holding a chicken? Directed by Greg Stitt (Just Me and Mario), this documentary traces the path of one of New Zealand's most significant, and intriguing, art photographers — from "crucified Christ to laughing Buddha" — through Catholic themes, to a more minimalist approach. Also showcased are some of Peryer's captivating images: the "bodies of work, families of photos, and images that rhyme". 
Peter Peryer passed away on 18 November 2018.
NZ, 1994, 29 min., Dir. Greg Stitt

Peter was a senior figure among New Zealand artists with a practice at the vanguard of photography in Aotearoa and long term resident of New Plymouth. His association with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has been particularly close and enduring, beginning with the 1996 exhibition curated by Greg Burke – Govett-Brewster Director 1998-2005 — that was instrumental in connecting Peter to New Plymouth. This collaboration includes a major exhibition, The left hand raised (2001) again curated by Greg Burke, extensive collection holdings, and the gallery’s support of a documentary about Peter by the filmmaker Shirley Horrocks that will premiere at the Govett-Brewster in 2019.
The most recent exhibition of Peter’s work at the Govett-Brewster was a special exhibition of recent work staged in 2016 at the Old TSB Bank Building in Devon Street West.



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