In the mid-1990s one of Peter Peryer's photographs caused a diplomatic stir. 'Dead Steer' depicted the bloated carcass of a cow on a lonely New Zealand roadside, and the then Agriculture Minister protested its inclusion in a German exhibition of Peryer's work. This documentary from prolific arts director Shirley Horrocks examines the life and career of this important New Zealand artist. Peryer was awarded an ONZM for his contribution to photography and in 2000 became one of five inaugural laureates of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He died in November 2018.
I am scanning all the time for possible photographs...and I mean, all the time.– Photographer Peter Peryer talks about the artist's mindset
World premiere on 28 July 2019 at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival
Further festival screenings follow around New Zealand