Peter Drinkell / The Great Road Climbs of the Alps and Pyrenees / June 27 – July 21 2012

Peter was originally commissioned by Rapha Racing Ltd to create two books based on the famous cycling routes through Europe’s major mountain chains, the Alps and the Pyrenees. The publications aimed to capture the essence of what the Pyrenees and the French Alps offer to the modern cyclist. Shot over a six-year period the resulting publications are informed by Peter’s passion both for the scenery and the majesty of the locales, as well as for the Tour de France.

This exhibition of the project celebrates the terrain, which has so often been the dueling ground for the Tour de France since it entered the Pyrenees in 1910 and then the Alps in 1911.

“To my beloved companion of the high places, free spirit of the air and space beyond, for whom the flat earth is a decided nuisance.” Graeme Fife – The Great Road Climbs of the Pyrenees

Born in Melbourne, Australia. Peter Studied Photography at RMIT from 1989-1991. Soon after, he traveled to London in 1993 to further his career.
On arriving he was soon working at Click studios where he met renowned fashion photographer Craig McDean and went on to assist him for just over 3 years. Working on campaigns such as Jill Sander, Calvin Klein and editorial for italian and British Vogue, W magazine and Harpers Bazaar. In 1998 he headed out on his own, shooting portraits and fashion for I-D Magazine, The Face, Arena, Vogue and The Independent. Advertising clients include Carlsberg, France Telecom, Natwest Bank, Mercedes, Playstation and many more.

Peter’s personal projects have taken him to places like Mongolia, Bolivia and the English and European country-side. Cycling has become a fundamental corner stone to a majority of his work, both on a personal and professional level. Most of his commissions of late have been for books that primarily involve bikes or cycling in one form or another. He has just recently published The Bike-Owners Handbook through Cicada Books Limited.

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