Beth Shepherd Peters

New Canaan, Connecticut
United States

Born and raised in Connecticut and am still a Connecticut resident. My mother handed all of her children a camera at a very young age ( about six or seven) and allowed us to document our life. She was also a photographer and encouraged us to express our creative views. My mother and I opened a photography school, PhotoGraphics Workshop, upon my college graduation in 1971 in our town of New Canaan, Connecticut. For 13 years I ran the school, taught, and curated two monthly exhibits. At 24 I was also teaching photography on the college level at the University of Bridgeport. Photography was a solid passion.

I did mostly black and white until I switched to digital in about 2001. I always did some color but I really relate to black and white.

I was fortunate to study with the photographer Larry Colwell because of the development of our school. He gave me a formal understanding of the darkroom. I received my masters in photography in 1979 in portraiture and focusing on People in their Space.

In our school I had the opportunity to study with dozens of photographers.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Friends of Photography Carmel, CA

Slater Memorial Museum

Ledel Gallery New York City

Education


B.A. Fine Arts, Rider College 1971 Photographic Apprentice for Larry Colwell 1969-1972

M.A. Photography, Goddard College 1978 Thesis: A Study of the Emergence of the Photographic Portrait

Selected Publications


Family of Women

Women Photograph Men

Tradition!: Celebration and Ritual in Jewish Life

In the Permanent Collection


Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Haifa University, Israel, Israel Portfolio

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia



Artist Statement

I photograph daily and I photograph everything. Light is what draws me to a subject. I consider myself a gatherer of light.

Much of my work at this point is taken within 5 miles of our home. I truly believe there are photographs everywhere. It is not where you are is is if you are looking.

I hope that those that see my work will go out into the world and see things in a different way or start to look at their surroundings with a fresh vision as they are passing thru. 

I think of myself as a traditional photographer. That said there are many abstractions I am drawn to. But I don’t change them. I share them as I see them. I love the history of photography.

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