Peter Mitchell Portrait

Photo: Justin Slee

 

Peter Mitchell, born in 1943, has been quietly building a career for 40 years. Living and working in Leeds for much of his life, Mitchell treats his surrounding with a unique sense of care that is evident in his work. An essential part of the colour documentary scene in the 1970s and ‘80s, Mitchell’s landmark show A New Refutation of the Space Viking 4 Mission at Impressions Gallery in 1979 has had an immeasurable impact on contemporary photographic culture. Mitchell has never been a prolific publisher of work; 1990’s Memento Mori examined the dramatic impact of the Quarry Hill redevelopment project in Leeds and his long overdue monograph, Strangely Familiar, published in 2013, features formal portraits of Leed’s people and their places of work. Mitchell’s latest work, Some Thing means Everything to Somebody, is an eccentric autobiography told through inanimate objects silently observed by scarecrows. By pairing an intensely personal collection with the symbolic ‘Everyman’, Mitchell has produced something that is not only autobiographical but the representation of what a lifetime can mean.

FT Magazine  Photographer Peter Mitchell: from Leeds to Mars and back again by Liz Jobey

The New York Times  The Startling Beauty of Scarecrows by Geoff Dyer
Le Monde  Peter Mitchell, un extraterrestre à Arles by Claire Guillot