Peter Steinhauer is a husband, a father, and an artist photographer, who has been living and working in Asia since 1993. His photography focuses on architecture within urban landscape, man made structure, natural landscape and early in his career, portraiture. His prints are in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and a growing number of private and corporate collections world wide. He is a recipient of numerous international photography awards including a finalist for the 2017 and 2014 Lucie Awards, Ford Foundation grant for his multi year work in Vietnam, Black and White Spider Award for Architecture, IPA and PX3 Paris awards, among others. Steinhauer is also a member of the elite Explorers Club in New York.
Steinhauer’s first artist monograph, Vietnam: Portraits and Landscapes, was published by Edition Stemmle in 2002. Enduring Spirit of Vietnam, his second artist monograph was awarded Best Photography Book of the Year 2007 by PDN. Cocoons, Steinhauer's third monograph is published by Powerhouse Books and will be in stores in early Spring 2018.
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Steinhauer developed an early fascination and appreciation of cultures from parents that brought he and his siblings on annual travels. This experience has led him to live in numerous cities around the world including the US, Stockholm, Sweden, both Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is proficient in Vietnamese after 12 years of residence.
Steinhauer has been a lifetime athlete and cyclist, and is a passionate triathlete. Other major passions are Southeast Asian food, the music of Dead Can Dance, early Zhang Yimou films and watching all the European professional cycling races, never missing the Tour De France.
In January 2014, after 20 years living in Asia, Steinhauer, his wife Phuong (Erin) and three children, Mai Vy, Ci Ci and Claes, relocated back to the US to San Francisco.