Award-winning photographer Peter Pereira from New Bedford, MA was educated to make computers run, but he was born to make people think.
Pereira was 8 when he moved to the United States from Figueira da Foz, Portugal in 1978. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1992 with a degree in computer engineering, and even started his own computer company before giving it up in 1998 to focus on his true passion. Photography.
Since then, his images have graced the pages of Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Vogue (Australia), New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Observer(UK), Le Monde, Boston Globe, Courrier International, International Herald Tribune, Harvard Magazine, News Photographer Magazine, Outdoor Magazine, Shutterbug Magazine, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, ABCNews.com, FoxNews.com, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, and various other international media outlets.
In 2016, Peter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva. Peter has won the National Press Photographers Association - New England Region - Photographer of the Year, eight times ('16, '15, '14, '13, '12, '11, '10, '06). He was named the New England Newspaper & Press Association - Photographer of the Year eight times ('15, '14, '12, '11, '10, '09, '07, '04). He was honored by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors with the Master Photographer award in 2013. In 2013 Peter also won an Award of Excellence in the China International Press Photo awards.
In Peter's hands, the camera captures more than what is in plain sight. The spirit of the scene imbues his photographs. His work reveals the despair, the faith, the futility, the hope, the defeat, the triumph that the mind's eye understands to be the life force behind what the camera has frozen for all time.