Peter Mitchell was born in 1943 in Manchester. He was the first British artist to use colour in documentary photography; he is a “radical and pioneering photographer” who since his beginnings has focused on his surroundings, on the place and world in which he lives (Leeds, an industrial town in the north of England). He also focuses enormous attention on the Other (the inhabitants of Leeds and their living spaces). Mitchell’s first solo exhibition, “European Architectural Heritage Year 1975”, took place at the Leeds City Art Gallery in 1975. And in 1979, his ground-breaking show, “A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission” at the Impressions Gallery of Photography in York, had an enormous impact on the documentary-photography scene of the 1970s and 80s, paving the way for the use of colour photography at a time when black and white prints dominated the field to the exclusion of all else.
His work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.