Peter Lavery was born in Wakefield, having studied photography at Liverpool and Leeds Colleges of Art, he completed his MA in Photography at The Royal College of Art in London, in 1972. He taught special projects and alternative processes at The RCA and the London College of Printing, making the first platinum print in Britain since the 1930s, and has won major British and international awards as a photographer both for his editorial and commercial work.

Since 1975, Lavery’s work has appeared in the colour supplements of The Times, The Telegraph, The Observer and The Independent and in such periodicals as Vogue, Tatler, World of Interiors, GQ, Country Life and Fortune.


“Photography has the ability to educate and to make one dream. My dream is that I could bring this rich legacy of the circus to a greater audience and the book will enable us to do that.” – Peter Lavery


Peter Lavery and Jimmy Buchanon (Charlie Cairoli’s stooge), Blackpool Tower, 1972