Peter Fraser image from the Oxford University Residency

Peter Fraser: Oxford University Residency

In the autumn at the age of nineteen, I arrived at Manchester Polytechnic to study photography, having had an unnerving three months previously studying Civil Engineering at Hatfield Polytechnic and discovering that it wasn’t for me.

In those liberal times and with a generous student grant, I spent a great deal of time travelling in the UK, photographing still lives, and landscape. This was a very different climate for photography, and along with portraiture, these were the largely accepted areas for practice in the field at the time.

During the summer after my second year, I lived in New York, and by chance, worked in a photographic book store, at 32nd St and 6th Avenue, and this was a welcome privilege, not least because of the dramatically expanded access to other photographers’ work through the book form. In the UK, my access to books of intelligent photography had been frustrating for some time.

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Published in Photoworks Issue 12, 2009
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