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Peter Kayafas – Discipline, New York + Totems

My name is Andrew Walmsley and your listening to episode 162 of photography insights. This is the show that interviews people from the photography world.


Once again we head to the big apple for our next guest, someone from the world of film, the darkroom, education and travels. It’s a great pleasure to talk with someone whose work has been exhibited around San Francisco, New York and New Orleans. Peter Kayafas teaches at the Pratt Institute in New York but is also the director of Eakins Press and involved in other photography related boards. I wanted to talk with Peter as he travels around the US and manages to make prints and monographs of his work usually in the form of books. I mean you can’t beat a good photography book so do check out the links.


Peter has vast experience with teaching but also with shooting and darkroom too, so much he was in the darkroom with his dad around 2-3 years of age! It was interesting to talk about his projects which are “the way west”, “totems” which is about links to the past; “people in new york”. The people of New York stands out in the sense he even made 36″ square prints on aluminium for this exhibition – imagine that! The last one we discuss is “coney island waterdance” which he shot during the 1990’s about the polar bear club.


So in this one listen out for:

  • broadening skills
  • default audiences
  • 80 days in a darkroom
  • printed medium
  • discipline
  • using instagram



Instagram – Instagram link

Website – Website link<

Way west book – Book link<

Coney Island book (US) – Book link<

Coney Island book (UK) – Coney book link UK<

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Extra content

Peter has kindly sent over some example images from the projects we discussed.