Award-winning photographer Peter Pereira from New Bedford, MA was educated to make computers run, but he was born to make people think.
Pereira was 9 when he moved to the United States from Figueira da Foz, Portugal in 1978. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1992 with a degree in computer engineering, and even started his own computer company before giving it up in 1998 to focus on his true passion. Photography.
Since then, his images have graced the pages of Newsweek, The New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Courrier International, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, ABCNews.com News Photographer magazine, and various other international media outlets.
Peter was named the National Press Photographers Association Region 1 - Photographer of the Year four times ('12, '11, '10, '06). He has won the New England Newspaper & Press Association - Photographer of the Year six times ('12, '11,'10, '09, '07 and '04). He has also won five Publick Occurrences Awards ('04 -'08) for Superior Achievement in Photojournalism by the New England Newspaper Association.
In Peter's hands, the camera captures more than what is in plain sight. The spirit of the scene imbues his photographs. His work reveals the despair, the faith, the futility, the hope, the defeat, the triumph that the mind's eye understands to be the life force behind what the camera has frozen for all time.