Peter Coffman is a photographer of places. Whether his subject is a medieval cathedral, a Canadian wilderness, or an ancient pilgrimage road slicing through the landscape, Peter uses his camera to evoke not just the beauty of places but their meanings, their auras and the stories they tell.
Peter graduated from Ryerson University’s Department of Film and Photography with a B.A.A. in 1988. He has exhibited his work at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton), Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax), ViewPoint Gallery (Halifax), Studio 22 Open Gallery (Kingston), the College of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois), Regis College (Toronto), The Ryerson Gallery (Toronto), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan), the McLaughlin Planetarium (Toronto), Queen’s Quay Terminal (Toronto) and The Market Gallery (Toronto). His photographs have illustrated numerous books and periodicals, most recently The House the Spirit Builds (poems by Lorna Crozier, photographs by Peter Coffman and Diane Laundy, 2019), Camino (Wintergreen Studios Press, 2017), which he also wrote, and Exploring the Capital (by Andrew Waldron, Figure.1, 2017). He was awarded the Independent Music Award for Best Album Photography in 2008 (Camino, by Oliver Schroer), a Canada Council photography grant in 2013, and the Ottawa Arts Council Project X Photography Award in 2017. His work is in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Peter also holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from York University, and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University. He is an Associate Professor in the History and Theory of Architecture program at Carleton University, and Past President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.