Peter James Quinn is regarded as one of New Zealand’s preeminent social documentary photographers and his work has been shown in museums around New Zealand and various parts of the world over an almost 30 year-long career.
Quinn is an alumni of the Massey University School of Design’s Professional Photography course. Quinn was commissioned to photograph the book titled “Staunch - Inside New Zealand’s Gangs” reputedly one of the most stolen books from New Zealand libraries. A set of those images now forms a part of the permanent collection at Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand and the Police & Justice Museum in Sydney, Australia.
Following this, Peter began working as a contract photographer and writer for New Zealand Geographic magazine and to date has completed more than 40 large-scale feature assignments for this publication, culminating in a 20–year retrospective book titled “New Zealanders in Focus – the Documentary Photography of Peter James Quinn” published by New Zealand Geographic and included in the NZ Listener’s 100 best books of 2010. He was also awarded New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year in 2014.
In 2013, PenguinRandomHouse released the 240 page hardcover book “Tuhoe - Portrait of a Nation” concept designed by Quinn and illustrated with his photographs, which celebrated the iwi’s historic raupatu treaty settlement.