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Peter Evans
Your Photography Tutor

"Thanks Pete. I learned so much! So looking forward to putting it into practice at home. Thanks for your patience and wealth of knowledge - it's amazing!"

Vivienne Ward - Photographer
Hunter Valley - Australia
Peter Evans has had a passion for photography since he was eleven years old. At the age of 28, after several years in management with a UK, FTSE-30 company, he quit his day job and set up as a full-time freelance photographer.

Pete (as he prefers to be called) began tutoring guests at Painting-Photography-France in 2005. Prior to the turn of the millenium, his photographs appeared in numerous 'Glossies', in catalogues and brochures, on advertising posters and product packaging, on boardroom and CEO office walls, on calendars and postcards, in British newspapers, and in various French publications. Although he has now eased down several gears, Pete still gets the occasional call from Associated Newspapers, London whenever they need a photo-shoot in southwest France.

He has recently been involved with three major projects :

A coffee table book on the subject of water lilies published by Garden Art Press in English and in French. Available from all good booksellers. ISBN: 9781870673839 (English version)

"Caroline Holme's absorbing text is enhanced by archive photographs and beautiful modern ones by Peter Evans"
A review by Historic Gardens Newsletter

A coffee-table book on the subject of Bordeaux as a city of youth and fashion - a collaboration with ESMOD school of fashion and design.

A coffee-table book of fine art black and white photographs which pays 'un petit hommage' to Helmut Newton, one of Pete's influences.

Although experienced in most types of film and darkroom techniques (working in both B&W and colour), Pete has shot 100% digital since the technology became viable for professional purposes.

"Like Jill, I don't favour the classroom style at all," Pete says, "Each one of my guests receives individual attention based on his or her own knowledge, ability and camera used. And, also like Jill, I give my guidance hands on, while we're actually out working in the field."

On the subject of cameras used, Pete firmly believes John Hedgecoe's adage that 'cameras don't make pictures, people do.' As a result, he discourages obsession with equipment and encourages visual awareness and an understanding of image creation. 'If I knew how to take the perfect photograph, I'd do it every time!' Pete jokes, paraphrasing the renowned quote from another of his influences, the famous French photographer Robert Doisneau.

"Joking aside, it is truly impossible to define exactly what makes 'a good photograph'," he says, "So I approach the task from a different angle; I teach guests how to avoid making a bad one."

Photography guests are restricted to a maximum of four; this ensures that each guest receives proper guidance and instruction.

Pete's own website can be found here