Peter Elfes was born in Sydney and grew up in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. Influenced and inspired by his father, a photojournalist who emigrated from Greece in the 1950’s, he developed a strong connection with the art of photography from an early age.
Peter has a longstanding interest in environmental and social documentary photojournalism. He has a personal dedication to people and nature as the subjects of photographic essays and an enthusiasm for the value of the photographic medium in highlighting the importance of preserving natural heritage around the globe. Recently he travelled to remote areas in Australia and the South Pacific and returned with dramatic photographic essays of long treks through diverse environments and meetings with Indigenous people.
In 2011 Peter was awarded first prize in this year’s NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photographic Prize Competition for the best landscape photograph taken within NSW over the past three years. In a career spanning 35 years Peter has seen his photography art work find its way into the private and public collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Peter's photographic essay on Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has been widely published in magazines nationally and internationally. In October 2013 ABC/Harper Collins Aust. published Peter's first book on this subject 'The Green Desert'. His Green Desert exhibition has been consistently exhibited in Australia’s regional galleries since 2011.