About the Book
This collection of photographs was started as we struggled with ending the Vietnam War. It was a period of raw cultural agony, the physical lives of our generation were under threat while our leaders were telling us falsehoods through the television. The stakes were high, so live performance and poetic language struck blood-deep chords. The collection ends in the early 80’s with the ascendence of a new medium called the music-video, when the primary bridge between performer and audience came to be mediated by a screen. I lost interest in photographing the subject when there was no longer any danger that my clothes would be soiled with the sweat of a live performer.
-Peter Cunningham 2019
Peter Cunningham has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. His teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, modern dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman and American performing artist Bruce Springsteen. Peter has exhibited his photos in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Grand Manan, Canada; his clients include singers, teachers, chefs, playwrights, athletes, accountants, actors, fishermen and clowns. Peter teaches“Photography as Zen Practice” in the US and China and is co-author with Peter Matthiessen of “Are We There Yet? A Zen Journey through Space and TIme.” He is also a founding member of “ThE OrdEr of DIsOrdEr”.