Biography and Link to Commercial Portrait Work



Laurie Beck Peterson (Philadelphia, PA, USA) is an alternative process photographer primarily working in gum bichromate, cyanotype and platinum palladium. Her current work focuses on cyanotypes on ash wood stumps and she has recently started using the sustainable plant-based processes of anthotype and chlorophyll printing.


Most of her images are film based, using a holga or pinhole camera. Her cyanotypes on tree stumps and work in sustainable plant-based processes, are ephemeral which provides the viewer with an experience that can be transient. Her gum bichromate and platinum palladium prints on paper are archival.  


Currently, Laurie teaches alternative process photography at Tyler School of Art + Architecture. It is there that she started a collaborative project between photo and architecture students to build a giant walk-in camera obscura on wheels. Her most recent project We All Fall Down began at The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in many private and public collections. Two bodies of work were awarded at the 15th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards on view in 2021 at FotoNostrum in Barcelona. Examples of her work can be seen in the book Gum Printing, A Step-By-Step Manual, Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice, by Christina Z. Anderson, Focal Press, The Hand Magazine and in the online publication Lenscratch - Art + Science II. She is a past board member of First Person Arts.