Peter Laytin is a photographer and educator based in Massachusetts and professor of Communications Media and head of the photography program at Fitchburg State University. Prior to joining the faculty in 1977, he was assistant professor at the Creative Photography Lab and curator of the Creative Photography Gallery at MIT. He was an apprentice to, and later a colleague of, Minor White.
Peter received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters degree in photography, film and video from SUNY-Buffalo. For over 30 years Peter was on the faculty of Cambridge Center for Adult Education where he taught weekend workshops. Peter taught at and was former director of Art New England Summer Workshops at Bennington College in Vermont, and is still involved in its summer operations.
Peter has had numerous one-person exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. He is the author of the highly acclaimed textbook Creative Camera Control for Focal Press. His photographs have been reproduced in Aperture magazine, as a portfolio in the British Journal of Photography and American Photographer and wrote the chapter on infrared photography in the first textbook on alternative photographic processes Darkroom Dynamics. He has lectured on his work around the world, and has photographs in the corporate holdings of the International Polaroid Collection, Hospital Corporation of America, Willis-Corroon Group, and Putnam Investments to name a few. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; MIT Collection, Cambridge, MA; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; and Fitchburg State University Collection, Fitchburg, MA.
photo: ©Adoniram Sides