Born 1971, Peter Harris spent his childhood in western Massachusetts. It was during his youth that images from the Vietnam War through to the Gulf War had a haunting effect on him and was instrumental in his resolve to become a photographer. In 1994, teaching himself photography, Peter started working as an assistant to commercial photographers in Boston. Although promising, the photo business began to lose its glamour and was put aside after several years.
Harris worked eight years as an IT specialist for computer giants like Hewlett Packard – France, an experience that has provided vital computer skills needed in the digital age of photography and web design. After 5 years in Paris, he moved to Rome to re-launch a career as a freelance photographer with a reportage-flair. Peter’s first foreign assignment was to cover emergency earthquake relief efforts in northern Pakistan conducted by the UN’s World Food Programme in 2005.
In recent years Harris has covered the international mourning at the passing of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, revisited, a year later, the devastating earthquake affected areas that left millions homeless in Pakistan, the forced evictions and relocation of poor communities in Cambodia, and the land ownership conflict between Thailand and Cambodia.
Peter has been a freelance photographer since late 2005, devoted himself to documenting development work of NGOs and social issues. He has worked on a broad number of photographic projects in Thailand, China, Mongolia, France, Italy, Tunisia, and the United States.
Since basing himself in Cambodia, Harris has had several solo and group exhibitions. In November, 2008, Peter became one of the founding photographers to join Asia Motion. In addition, he is initiating an educational programme for NGO staff and is currently continuing his efforts to document the affects of development in Cambodia.