Pete Brook will be speaking about his Prison Photography work at the 2015 APPM conference at Stanford University on Saturday, October 17.
Brook is a freelance writer and curator interested in social justice and the politics of visual culture. He is editor of Prison Photography, a website that analyzes imagery produced within, and about, prisons, which has been recognized as one of the best photography blogs by LIFE.com, The British Journal of Photography and The Daily Beast.
Brook holds masters degrees in Art History (University of St Andrews) and Art Gallery and Museum Studies (University of Manchester). He has lectured internationally on the topic of photography, taught art in prisons, volunteered with Books To Prisoners and served as a board member with University Beyond Bars.
His work has been featured by The New York Times, The British Journal of Photography, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and Seattle Weekly. He has curated multiple shows including, Non Sufficient Funds, Vermillion Gallery, Seattle, WA (Apr 2010); Cruel and Unusual, Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland (Feb-Apr 2012) which later traveled to Amsterdam, New York, Sydney and Ireland; The Depository Of Unwanted Photographs, Photoville, New York (Sept. 2013); Seen But Not Heard, Kulturni Centar Belgrada, Belgrade, Serbia (Dec, 2013); and Prison Obscura, Haverford College, PA (Jan-Mar 2014) which later travelled to Scripps College, Rutgers University, Parsons New School of Design, University of Michigan and Evergreen State College. His writing has appeared in Wired, Aperture, Medium, The Marshall Project and he’s contributed to numerous photographer monographs.
Brook is currently working on a book about the history of photographs in American prisons. He lives in San Francisco, CA.