Born in Bremen, Germany, in 1969 Vincent Peters moved to New York City at the age of twenty to work as a photographer’s assistant. In 1999 he began his career at Giovanni Testino’s agency as a fashion photographer.
Within a year Vincent Peters shot worldwide campaigns for brands and major fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Wolfgang Joop. He established a recognizable style and his photographs appear in international magazines such as Vogue, GQ, The Sunday Times, Numéro, and Glamour. Vincent has captured many of the biggest celebrities of our time in his glamorous and sensual style reminiscent of 1950´s Hollywood aesthetics. He relies entirely on the classic art of portrait photography. His sophisticated lighting and the use of analog cameras impact in his black-and-white photos, bestowing them with a breath taking cinematic quality, resulting in stunning portraits and one of a kind fashion photographs.
Many fashion and portrait photographers ask their models at the end of the actual product or editorial shoot for which they were booked if they might be available for a few other, more individual, more unusual photos. This has yielded many iconic photographs over the years, such as those taken by Helmut Newton. Just as him, Vincent is gifted with a special talent for highlighting femininity complete with the art of visual seduction. No matter who his client is, he always strives for the greatest authenticity in how he portrays his subjects, giving us the visualization of an immediate and intense encounter between the photographer and the model. In their simplicity, Vincent Peters’ black-and-white compositions connect on a fundamental level that never feels trendy.
Again and again, Peters’ motifs echo those of famous 20th century studio photographers with large format cameras like George Hurrell: his photos evoke the atmosphere of film noir. The nudity of the models seems utterly natural: Peters’ lens reveals a sensuality that is more reserved than seductive.
Talking about the use of analog camera, he says : “Today everything is so digital. I only shoot analog. Digital photography for me personally holds no truth. It’s like a washable surface. It empowers too much control, leaves no room for chance and it is exactly this chance outcome that I am looking for.”