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The latest updates on Pete's projects and news of his activities

May 1st. A podcast in-depth interview with Pete by Geoff Young of Ffotogallery y Gofeb can be heard here:

On Saturday March 30th. at Fotogaleri y Gofeb, an open question and discussion was held with the photographers represented by the gallery and in the current exhibition. Pete Davis, John Blakemore, Peter Cattrell, Aled Rhys Hughes and Marian Delyth took part in a discussion chaired by gallery owners Geoff and Diane answered questions from the audience.

Pete Davis                            John Blakemore                 Peter Cattrell                       Aled Rhys Hughes               Marian Delyth
(Photographs courtesy of Brian Carroll, Ffoton Wales)

Pete will be giving a lecture on his life in photography and showing examples of his many bodies of work over a long career at the Ludlow Arts Society, Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Thursday March 7th.


Pete will be at Ffotogallery y Gofeb in Machynlleth on Saturday December 8th. Between 10.45 and 12.45 to discuss his work with visitors who can 'drop-in' for coffee and a chat with him. The gallery is showing a wide selection of Pete's work until March in a group show with the photographers that the gallery represents.

Pete at Ffotogaleri y Gofeb discussing his working methods to visitors

Pete with his new Billingham bag             Some of the work in the 'Rituals of Intimacy' exhibition at Ffotogallery y Gofeb, Machynlleth, showing until March 2019      
Another Billingham camera bag for Pete as he was lucky enough to win a 'Hadley' bag in the Leica Society's raffle this year. The big bag in the pictures opposite is over 30 years old and still going strong.
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Pete will be giving a talk at Oriel Colwyn on April 13th. at 7:00pm - details here:

Pete's original archival fine prints are now available from Ffotogaleri y Gofeb

A selection of Pete's books are also available from

A selection of Pete Davis’ body of work from the 1980’s - ‘Great Little Tin Sheds of Wales’ - is being shown in a joint exhibition at Oriel Colwyn - 12th March - 28th April 2018 -


Pete is producing a new set of photographs and making prints of these using the platinum / palladium process. Click here to see more

A major retrospective exhibition of Pete's work spanning six decades will open at the National Library of Wales on March 4th. It will be shown until mid June
The exhibition being set up in the Gregynog Gallery at the National Library of Wales. Display cabinets will hold many items relating to Pete's work including notebooks, books, magazines and some of his equipment.

                                                                                          Head of digitisation at the National Library of Wales and film maker Scott Waby in Pete's                                                                                           studio producing a film about Pete and his work to be shown at the exhibitio and on                                                                                           social media.

Pete's work at Oriel Mon, Anglesey, north Wales in the 'Impressions of Wales' exhibition.   
Pete's platinum / palladium prints and 'Haiku' on exhibition at 'Storiel', Bangor, November 2016.
In particular his portfolio of ten platinum / palladium prints with their accompanying'Haiku'.
These were written by Pete while on the mountain at the same time as taking the photographs

 Pete is participating in a group exhibition at the Grand Theatre, Swansea, from July 19th. - 29th. The Friends of the Glynn Vivian have organised the event and  all the work in the exhibition has been donated by the artists and will be auctioned on the 29th. of July and the proceeds towards the education  programme at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea. Above is a panoramic view of the exhibition.

Computer hardware and software suppliers have agreed to support Pete's work by sponsoring new iMac computer equipment. The Old Mill, 40 High Church Street, Nottingham NG7 7JA 03332 400 888

Photographic suppliers Silverprint is supporting Pete's work by sponsoring some of the Ilford materials and chemistry he is using to produce new prints of his existing B&W work. Unit 26, Albany Business Park
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The Arts Council of Wales has awarded Pete a grant to complete new bodies of work in the Welsh landscape which will be shown as part of the retrospective exhibition opening in March 2017.

Pete's work will be seen in two exhibitions this year. At Oriel Colwyn in March and at the new gallery 'Storiel' in Bangor.

2015: It's confirmed that a major retrospective exhibition of Pete's work will open at the National Library of Wales in March 2017 to co-incide with his 70th. birthday. The show will run for three months and feature work from the early 1960's to his most recent, ongoing projects.
Pete's work has been seen in two exhibitions this year. At 'Made in Wales, Cardiff and the Carousel gallery, London.

2014: Begins a new body of work in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Lampeter. The work, to be published in book form deals with the ancient and contemporary Landscape of a community on the fringes of the Cambrian Mountains.

2013: Begins reviewing, editing and re-printing work from the past fifty years in prepararation for a proposed major retrospective exhibition

November 2012 Pete was a part of the exhibition at the University of Wales, Newport to celebrate a hundred years of the teaching of photography at Newport.

November 20th. 2010, will see Pete speaking at the 'Lens 2010' conference at the national Library of Wales. He will talk about his work in Ireland, Sardinia, Portugal and the USA and how the images can be related to, and reflect the social history similar motifs in Wales.

November 2010 Pete was a guest lecturer at Cardiff University School of Architecture

September 2010 Pete was a guest lecturer at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University

2010 In March The National Library of Wales purched 20 large prints from the'Wildwood' portfolio to add to its already substantial collection of Pete's work.

January 2010 Pete was elected to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

August 2009, Pete was awarded a Ph.D in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University. The research and submission included the 'Wildwood' exhibition, the book 'In Wildwood' and a thesis entitled 'An Investigation of the Photographic interpretation of Woodland and Forests'.

June 2009 Pete gave a public lecture at the Univertsity of Ulster and led a masterclass in an around Belfast as part of the Ulster Arts Festival.

May 2009 Pete has been invited to lead a weeks masterclass at the Instituto Politécnico do Porto. He will be with the master's photography students leading work on location and in the studios on large format photography.

March 2009 'Wildwood' the exhibition opens at the FotoMuseum Antwerp on March 19th. Pete will be giving a talk on his work on Friday 20th.

February 2009: New book 'In Wildwood' now published and available: The publishers and printers have produced a wonderful monograph. It is 240 x 300mm, 96 pages, with 48 full-page illustrations, beautifully printed. Hard cover, cloth-bound with just jacket, and an embossed title on the cloth cover. It has an introduction by myself, and an appreciation by Conway Lloyd Morgan. The ISBN is: 978-3-03778-142-5


The book is available by order from all booksellers, Amazon, or from the publishers, Lars Muller:

Conference in Toronto: Pete has been invited to present a paper at the University of Toronto In August to the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History. The paper will examine the social history of certain Welsh forests and how this impacts on their visual representation.

Exhibition in Italy: Opening July 12th. in Laas, northern Italy, new work by Pete can be seen in a group exhibition titled 'Perspectives'. This new group of images examines the changing face of rural communities in relation to memorial, church and village halls which have formed an important part of the comunities within which they are located. The triptychs examine these structures, and also the physical changes in the villages within which they are located, to reflect the social evolution of those communities over the generations.


                                                                                            Part of the exhibition in Laas, Italy

2008: Exhibition: The full 'Wildwood' exhibition of nearly 30 large scale colour prints, plus a number of smaller images will open at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on May 24th. with the private view on Friday May 23rd. The exhibition will be opened by Professor Alistair Crawford, research professor at Aberystwyth University School of Art. Pete will be giving a public lecture relating to his work in the exhibition at the Arts Centre cinema on Friday evening, June 20th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Part of the 'Wildwood' exhibition installation in Aberystwyth

March 2008: Radio broadcast: Pete can be heard talking about his work in a BBC Radio Wales programme about the influence of the mountain Cadair Idris on artists and writers. This will be broadcast on March 13th. at 18.30, and repeated on March 16th.  

February 2008: Exhibition: A selection of images from the 'Wildwood' series will be on show at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday February 2nd. to Saturday May 3rd.


                                                                 Part of the 'Wildwood' exhibition intallation at Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

2007: Exhibition: Images from the 'Wildwood' series are being shown at 'Oriel', Clwyd theatr Cymru, Mold, North Wales opening in early December

2007: Exhibition: Opening September 8th. to November 3rd., Pete's work on 'Cader Idris' will be shown at Carmarthen County Museum, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire. Pete will also be giving a talk, 'The Enigma of Cader Idris, tracing the history of the visual representationon of the mountain at the museum. The private view is at 7pm. Friday September 7th.

                                                                                           Cader Idris

2007: Radio Interview: On Thursday August 16th. Pete was interviewed about his work on Cader Idris for a radio programme to be broadcast in the new year. The programme will feature a number of artists for whom Cader Idris has played an important part in their work.

March 2007: Exhibition: In March, opening March 17th., in Florence, Italy, Pete will have work in a group exhibition- 'Landed', with other members of the Centre for Photographic Research at the School of Art, Media & Design, University of Wales, Newport.

February 2007: TV Appearance: As mentioned below, Pete wil be appearing on BBC2W on Monday February 19th. at 9.45 on a programme entitled 'Lampeter Lives'

February 2007: Lecture: On Tuesday February 20th. , Pete has been invited to give a lecture for the Contemporary Art Society for Wales in Cardiff.

January 5th. 2007 Pete is being interviewed and filmed today for a BBC 2 Wales programme on Lampeter and some of the creative people who live in the area. Watch this space for transmission details.

January 1st. 2007 Pete Davis has just been awarded a CCAT, (Cultural Cooperation and Touring) grant funded by the European Community in conjunction with Wales Art International and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. This will be used to exhibit part of his 'Wildwood' work in Ireland. It will open at St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross, co. Wexford on January 21st., and then on to the Watergate Gallery, Kilkenny.


On location in Chwilog, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

On location in Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales

On location in Northern Ireland

High viewpoint on location

On location in Barbagia, Sardinia

Burned out landscape in Sardinia

Mid Wales

Rocky Sardinia landscape

On Cader Idris