Gilles Peress started using photography to create museum installations and books in 1971, having previously studied political science and philosophy in Paris. His ongoing project, Hate Thy Brother, looks at similitude and difference and its consequences in ethnic conflicts. Peress' books include Telex Iran; The Silence: Rwanda; Farewell to Bosnia; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; A Village Destroyed; and Haines.
Peress' work has been exhibited and is collected by institutions including: the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the V&A in London; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Museum Folkwang, Essen; among others.
Awards and fellowships Peress has received include: The Guggenheim Fellowship; numerous National Endowment for the Arts grants, Pollock-Krasner and New York State Council of the Arts fellowships, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography, the Erich Solomon Prize and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award.