Peter Cochrane


Department of Photography + Film

Peter Cochrane uses ever-changing scientific classifications of plants and biology to examine human relationships through photographic self-portraiture, abstraction, floral arrangements, and installation. He explores the fabrication of histories, the systemic and damaging categorization of people through political systems, and the effects of trauma and recovery.

His work has appeared in BOMB, Headmaster, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vast Magazine, Hyperallergic, Brink, Artslant, the MoCP lecture series, the de Young Museum, the Vermont Center for Photography, the Tokyo International Photo Awards, and others. He is a recipient of the Snider Prize and has been a finalist for several awards including the Hopper Prize, the Fine Art Photography Award, the Exposure Award, and the Kodak Photo Film Award. He has held several solo exhibitions nationally, and his work is in public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

He is currently a lecturer in the Photography and Film department at Virginia Commonwealth University.