Peter Bennetts was born in 1967 in Sydney, Australia. He studied photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. His initial pursuit of environmental reportage assignments has led Peter to photograph features all over the world including Argentina, Austria, Chile & Easter Island, China, France, French Polynesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, West Papua, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Solomon Islands, Thailand, U.A.E., U.K., U.S.A. and Vanuatu. He has particularly focussed his camera on the island nation of Tuvalu, whose coral atolls are especially vulnerable to a changing climate.
Environmental reportage led to Peter’s burgeoning interest in the constructed environment and since 1997 Peter has been photographing the pre-eminent architecture and design of both his home country of Australia and in the international arena. His work in the field of architecture, interiors and graphic design has allowed Peter to indulge his passion for great design in all its forms.
His work regularly features in the Australian publications Architecture Australia, Artichoke, Inside, AR and Monument and he is a frequent contributor to Wallpaper, Frame, Mark, Dwell, Domus, Casabella and other international publications. His photography has appeared in numerous books including four monographs and the two volumes of the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture.
His architectural images have been described as having “a remarkable crystalline stillness” and he is known for his “straight-shooting” style of architectural photography, focussing on the formal, material and atmospheric qualities of a project.
He maintains a keen interest in environmental concerns and keeps the Leica at hand.
Peter lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife; architect Rowena Hockin, and their two young sons.