Peter Peryer (who died in November 2018) is one of New Zealand's greatest photographers. For four decades Peryer pioneered and championed the art of photography and created a major body of work. He was a deeply thoughtful and inspiring person. In an era when the world is flooded with amateur photos taken casually, it is crucial to learn how photography can also be an art – and to learn this from someone dedicated and passionate in his hunt for unique images. Shirley Horrocks was able to do a number of interviews with Peryer over the last two years.
The film has been described as 'a masterclass in photography' and a great testament to this artist's life and career. Bill Gosden wrote about it: "Utterly engaging. A perceptive and richly illustrated portrait of such a major visual artist." And Rebecca McMillan of the NZ International Film Festival said: 'It is Horrocks' one-on-one time with Peryer amongst his vibrant gallery of work that beautifully frames the man and the artist. His home is alive with work past and future, with curiosities on every shelf and nature ready to inspire in every corner…. Anyone unfamiliar with his work will become a ready convert through the course of the film. It is an essential homage to the great photographer's life-long dedication to seeing and creating works of art out of the everyday.'
Peter Peryer: The Art of Seeing is the 12th feature-length documentary directed by Shirley Horrocks to be screened by the NZ International Film Festival. It was presented by the NZIFF in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Masterton, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Tauranga.
The film has had the support of Creative NZ,the Charnwood Trust, the Chartwell Trust, the Art and Education Trust, the New Plymouth District Council, Tony Green, Clovis Peryer and Boosted (The Arts Foundation).
The Art of Seeing,will start screening on the Rialto Channel (Channel 39 on SKY) on Thursday 27 February at 8.30 pm.