Peter Brian Schafer grew up and went to college in northern California in the US, but has spent most of his life in Baltimore and New York. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

He learned photography in the pre-digital days and when he came back to photography after a 20-year absence, he started again with the Diana toy camera, which still informs his approach today. In fact, the only digital he shoots is on his phone with an app that replicates (very well) the look of Diana toy cameras and Velvia. See the ‘Phoney Diana…’ Portfolios on his website.

Even with that, he loves the limitations the one setting imposes, like the limitations inherent in a choice of film and camera. For him, the key to creative freedom is the limitations set by the choices you make, which is why he finds film so liberating.


Brooklyn by Night

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