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Peter Shellenberger, Assistant Professor

Peter Shellenberger

Peter Shellenberger is a photographer currently residing in Brunswick, ME. Peter's work draws from the history of science and photography, as well as from the knowledge he's gained from years of going to flea markets and garage sales, where he learned that the red-orange Fiestaware glaze of the 1930s and 1940s was created using uranium oxide -- the same kind of uranium later used to make the atomic bomb. The uranium remains radioactive in the dinnerware today, and, inspired by this radioactivity, Assistant Professor Shellenberger spent two years experimenting with different types of film, lengths of exposure, and objects that make silhouettes. The result was a series of glowing purple "nuclear" prints.

Most recently, his work was included in Both Sides of the Camera: Photographs from the Collection of Judith Ellis Glickman at the Portland Museum of Art and You Can't See This: Photographs at the Limits of Visibility curated by Meggan Gould for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. His work has also been exhibited at Zero Station, the University of Southern Maine, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Shellenberger was the founder of the Photography Cooperative and also its director from 1991-1996; he was also a founding member of the Portland Film and Video Artists Collective.


MFA, Photography, Tyler School of Art at Temple University
BFA, Photography, Maine College of Art

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Photography Faculty - Peter Shellenberger