Peter Bugg

Peter Bugg was born and raised in Madison, WI, where he ran track and cross-country and was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America. As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, he continued to run competitively and studied photography under Laura Letinsky while he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. After graduating, Bugg took some time off and eventually decided to pursue an MFA. He was accepted at Arizona State University’s photography program in 2006. After arriving in the Valley of the Sun, Bugg acknowledged his fascination with celebrities, tabloid magazines and paparazzi and began making art about America’s obsession with celebrity gossip. In 2008, he curated an exhibition inspired by the number one singles of Britney Spears entitled Number Ones. Most recently he interned at a paparazzi photo agency in Los Angeles, CA, where he gained an inside perspective on the industry. His work is featured in the 2009 Arizona Biennial at the Tucson Museum of Art.