Peter Sickles (b. 1945) was born in Newark, New Jersey. Peter went to the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia.
In the early 1960s, Peter studied with Bruce Davidson in New York. Peter is heavily influenced by street photography and photographers such as Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and Bruce Davidson.
In November of 1965, Peter was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Germany. For 3 years Peter would serve his country as a photo-lab technician. He is remarkably familiar with the darkroom and the surrounding aspects of photography.
Sickles is the son of Gus Sickles, who founded the Sickles Photo-Reporting Service in 1938. Sickles Photo-Reporting Service, was an independent company that provided on-site commercial photography for businesses and industrial communities in order to produce high quality images of industrial products, plants and technologies, as well as special documentation of places and events for hundreds of American companies. The Sickles Photo-Reporting Service Archive spans from 1938 to 2007.
After the Army, Peter spent time in California before returning to the east coast. In the late 1960’s, He worked at the Sickles Photo-Reporting Service producing commercial photography for many years. In the 1970’s Peter worked for multiple local weekly newspapers in New Jersey.
Sickles is a self-taught painter that often finds himself producing unique works of art on vintage photographs from the Sickles Photo-Reporting Service Archive.