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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) has diverse photographic experience. At one end of the scale he has photographed Miss United Kingdom, Miss France, Miss Europe and Miss World whilst, at the other, he has photographed Prince Charles, as an accredited photographer, and produced a four metre wide landscape print, photographed from a two-seat aircraft using a view-camera and 7"x 5" sheet film. Over the years Pete's photographs have 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 began tutoring guests at Painting-Photography-France in 2005.

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)

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. Project ongoing.

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

Although experienced in most types of film and darkroom techniques (working in both B&W and colour), Pete has shot 100% digital since 2002.

"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 the late 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