Hey! I’m Peter R. Barber! My blog is all about Day-to-day photos I take whether on the job or just taking random photos in my daily travels. As they say, “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!”
I began my career in my hometown of Buffalo . NY chasing breaking news and submitting them to the Courier-Express (closed in September 1982) and the Buffalo News. I became an Associated Press stringer in 1984 and came in 3rd Place as the NPPA Region 2 College Photographer of the year in 1985.
In August of 1987, I became a staff photographer at the Watertown Daily Times in Watertown . NY where I lived for 15 years. I was named the National Press Photographers Association Region 2 Photographer of the Year in 1992. I was the first Times staffer to ever win the award and 6 others followed after me. It was a testament to the environment created in the photo department where creative criticism and friendly competition among staffers pushed each others creative limits and beyond. I also became a volunteer firefighter for the Town of Watertown Fire Department.
Presently, I am a full time staff photographer at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady . NY where I have called home since 2002. I was again awarded the National Press Photographers Association Region 2 Photographer of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In addition in 2009 I won the Associated Press Associations Bruce Cromie Award for Excellence in News Photography, and again in 2013.
In 2008, the Gazette began downsizing due to lost circulation numbers and advertising dollars. I was part of 6 photographer staff with a photo boss. I am now one of two left and no photo boss. I now answer to the Content Editor in the newsroom. I am very lucky to have lasted so long. God knows how long it will continue.
I am also a retired volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician with Niskayuna Fire District 1, where I remain their company photographer, and Mohawk Ambulance from 2005-2007. I have been wandering the sidelines of New York Jets football games since 2004. In my freelance business I do weddings, portraits, commercial, and real estate photography. Go to my website at www.peterrbarber.com for more information.