Gilles Peress

French, b. 1946

In 1972, Gilles Peress began documenting immigration in Europe. This work continues in his current ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, a cycle of documentary narratives that looks at intolerance and its consequences.

His books include Haines; A Village Destroyed; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; The Silence: Rwanda; Farewell to Bosnia and Telex Iran.

His work has been exhibited and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1, all in New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the V&A in London; the Musée d'Art Moderne, the Picasso Museum, Parc de la Villette and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, among others.

Awards and fellowships Peress has received include: The Guggenheim Fellowship , National Endowment for the Arts grants, Pollock-Krasner and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award.

Portfolios of his work have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Du magazine, Life, Stern, Geo, Paris-Match, Parkett, Aperture and the New Yorker.

Peress is Professor of Human Rights and Photography at Bard College, NY and Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley. Peress joined Magnum Photos in 1971 and served three times as vice-president and twice as president of the co-operative. He and his wife, Alison Cornyn, live in Brooklyn with their three children.


1966/68   Institut d'Etudes Politiques
1968/71   Université de Vincennes


1996        International Center of Photography Infinity Award 
1995        Erich Solomon Prize    
1995        Camera Works   
1994        International Center of Photography Infinity Award
1993        La Fondation de France Fellowship  
1992/93   Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship    
1992        National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 
1990        Art Matters Grant   
1989        Ernst Haas Award    
1989        Art Director's Club Award 
1986        Gahan Fellowship at Harvard University  
1984        National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship 
1984        W. Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography   
1983        Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie 
1983        Imogen Cunningham Award   
1981        Prix de la Critique Couleur   
1981        Prix du Premier Livre/Foundation Kodak Pathe  
1981        Overseas Press Club Award   
1981        Art Director's Club Award   
1981        American Institute of Graphic Arts Award  
1979        National Endowment for the Arts  
1977        Apeiron: Artist in Residence  


1996        Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, USA
1995        Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
1995        Farewell to Bosnia - Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills,  
               Michigan, USA
1994        Farewell to Bosnia - Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 
               D.C., USA; Photomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum of 
               Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA; PS1, New York City, 
               USA; Rhode Island College Art Center, USA; New Langton Arts,
               San Francisco, California, USA; Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Nimes, France;
               The Dutch Institute of Photography, Rotterdam, Netherlands; La Primavera
               Barcelona (Fundacio La Caixa), Spain
1993        Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer, Norway
1992        David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, USA
1990        Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA; Alternative Museum, New York City,
               USA; International Center for Photography, New York City, USA;
               Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
1989        Alternative Museum, New York City, USA;  International Center for Photography,
               New York City, USA;  International Museum of Photography/Eastman House,
               Rochester, USA; University of South Florida, Tampa, USA;  Canon Image Center,
               Amsterdam, Netherlands; Fotograficentrum, Stockholm, Sweden;
               Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego,
               USA; Arbetets Museum, Norrkoping, Sweden
1988        Hippolyte Gallery, Helsinki and Ranta Gallery, Oulu, Finland; Burden Gallery,
               New York City, USA
1987        The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
1986        Cité de la Villette, Paris, France; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard
               University, Cambridge, USA; The Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, 
               USA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
1985        Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA; Musée d'Art, Fribourg, Switzerland; 
               Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France; Ledel Gallery,
               New York City, USA
1984        Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City, USA; Film in the Cities,
               St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Focus Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA; City
               Gallery, New York City, USA;  Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France;
               Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Galerie Magnum,
               Paris, France
1983        Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
1982        Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK; Centre Kodak, Paris, France
1981        Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France;  International Center for Photography,
               New York City, USA
1980        Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York City, USA
1980        Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK


The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
First Bank of Minnesota, USA
Fogg Museum, Cambridge, USA
Fondation Leitz, Rueil-Malmaison, France
Fondation Nationale pour la Photographie, Paris, France
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Minnaeapolis Institute of Art, USA
Galerie du Château d'Eau, Toulouse, France
Musee d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France
The Museum of the Moving Image, New York, France
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The New York Historical Society, New York, USA


1998        The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar, (with Eric Stover), Scalo, 
1996        Power in the Blood: Photographs of the North of Ireland, Jonathan Cape/Scalo, UK
1995        The Silence. Rwanda, Scalo, Switzerland/USA/Germany
1994        Farewell to Bosnia, Scalo, Switzerland/Distributed Art Publications, USA
1988        Eye for an Eye, Aperture, USA
1984        Telex Persan, Contrejour, France; (Telex Iran, with Gholam Hassan Saedi), 
               Aperture, USA (re-published in 1997, Scalo, Switzerland) 


1994         Farewell to Bosnia (video essay)
1992         A Peruvian Equation (part of the series “The Magnum Eye”, made for TV Tokyo)
1992         Street Musicians ( filmed in NY for M. & Co. Agency, for Benetton)