Peter Treiber’s photography is a pleasure to contemplate. With incredible attention to detail and an impeccable eye for composition, he has a very versatile talent for seeing the beauty in different subjects. He has photographed a wide variety of both commercial and fine art material and is highly skilled at creating visually fascinating images.
When we look back on Treiber’s history, it is easy to see why his work is so compelling. His career has taken him on an impressive journey through a series of professional photography positions, endless projects, and a heavy peppering of fine art exhibits.
Peter first started taking photos in high school when he was given his first camera: a hand-me-down Rollicord, He discovered a love for creating beautiful images that would last his entire lifetime. After briefly studying painting, a series of events led him to become studio assistant in New York for advertising photographer Hobart Baker, the inventor of front projection. In the meantime, he earned an associates degree in Advertising Design at the State University of New York, then later a bachelor of fine art degree in Photography from the Art Center College of Design in California.
All of this laid the foundation for the next ten years at NYC Studios where he worked in several positions, including Chief Photographer and Manager of Communications Services at International Nickel. He then spent five years as staff advertising photographer for Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
One of the major accomplishments on his journey was the publication of the book: Inside Bethelehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century with photography by Peter Treiber and words by Elizabeth Kovach. This visual tour of the formerly second-largest domestic steel company’s struggle for survival in the last years of its life celebrates the majesty and might of the late steelmaker and chronicles the long decline of the company that literally built, transported, and defended America for nearly 99 years. This gorgeous representation reveals the artistic beauty of an industry that most people don’t normally get the opportunity to see and discover.
When the BSC closed in 1982, he opened his own photography studio, Peter Treiber Photography, where he continues to shoot commercial photography assignments and fine art projects to this day. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing and growing orchids. He is currently represented by OCDesignerSource.com.