Peter Cunningham tells stories with his photos. He pairs images and so abstract photos are in relationship with each other and we wonder what’s about to happen. He was an assistant to the great Henry Cartier Bresson in 1975 when Bresson was making a photo documentary about New Jersey. He went onto shoot stars like Madonna and Springsteen and Broadway actors. As his career unfolded he became more interested in watching how light illuminates images so that they become abstracted. He became a Zen follower and his photography was informed by new ways of seeing.
Peter’s influences are:
LESTER TATE Baptist fisherman on Grand Manan Island-
DAVID MCALLESTER – professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University, a specialist in the plains Indian singing. Before I picked up a camera, I learned from David how to be a “participant-observer”.
JANIS IAN: singer and songwriter. I dropped out of college to go on the road with Janis. From her I learned what it means to be an artist. www.janisian.com
ADGER COWANS, photographer and first teacher – adgercowans.com
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Bruce is one of many performing artists from the NY theater and musical stages that taught me the power of presence. petercunninghamphotography.com/spirit-in-the-night-stories-2
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON who I assisted for a month in 1975, we made a portrait of The State iof New Jersey
BERNIE GLASSMAN – Zen teacher from Coney Island, we traveled together for 35 years. From Bernie I learned the value of entering any situation without preconception and then bearing witness to what was arising – with or without a camera. cnn.com/2018/11/30/us/bernie-glassman-american-zen-master/index.html or https://www.petercunninghamphotography.com/stage-2
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