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Peter Feresten Photography

Biography

Peter Helms Feresten (1945 - 2007) was a social documentary photographer whose studies included Fort Worth’s African-American churches and community, Juneteenth celebrations, the Stockyards, and bikers. His works were displayed at local galleries and museums, including Amon Carter Museum, which owns several of Feresten’s works. Feresten also worked as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Tarrant County College for more than 30 years.

Peter Feresten was born on June 15, 1945, in Fall River, Massachusetts. He studied comparative religion at Columbia University and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Feresten came to Fort Worth in 1975 to teach at the community college. In 1986, he received the first Tarrant County College Humanities Distinguished Service Award. Peter Feresten continued teaching photography and photographing Fort Worth local scenes until he died on September 16, 2007.

Provenance

This collection of exhibit material was donated by Gayle Feresten.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists mainly black and white prints although a number of color prints are included. Some of these prints have been matted for display. The sizes of the prints vary. Comprehensive dates for the collection are 1919 - 2007; bulk dates are [1976] - 2007. The collection is made up of 9 boxes (28.76 linear feet) of materials.

  • Series I - Documents & Signs: Consists of materials used in the planning of the 2005 library exhibit of Peter Feresten’s photography. Some articles about Feresten’s exhibits are included in this series.
  • Series II - “Fort Worth Hornet” Negatives: Contains four large sized negatives and on print of the Fort Worth newspaper “Fort Worth Hornet.”
  • Series III - Prints: Consists of Peter Feresten’s matted and unmatted photographic prints of various sizes. Subjects of these prints includes Blues, Churches, Freeways and Highways, Grain Elevators, Interiors & Architecture, Juneteenth & Sycamore Park, Places and People, Prince Hall Mosque, Stockyards & Northside, Streets & Neighborhoods, and Truck, Trains, & Truckstops. A few large prints on the subject of Churches are located in Box 2 of Juneteenth & Sycamore Park because of storage limitations. Two portraits of Peter Feresten photographed by Loli Kantor are included in Box 2 of Places & People. A subseries of Cockfighting and Klu Klux Klan photographs can also be found in the series Places & People.

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Last updated: Sept. 15, 2015