Biography and Link to Commercial Portrait Work

Laurie Beck Peterson is a photographic artist living in Philadelphia. She grew up in Rochester, New York and is a graduate of Syracuse University. Beginning her career as an in-house photographer at The Eastman Kodak Company, she then opened her own commercial photography business in Philadelphia. Over the past 14 years, Laurie has dedicated herself to building several bodies of work in non-silver alternative processes. These landscape works originate as film, pinhole and digital captures and are then produced in gum bichromate, cyanotype and platinum palladium. 


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 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.