Peter Read Miller’s career as a photographer spans the past four decades beginning when he was a student at the University of Southern California (USC). For the past quarter century he has been one of the top staff photographers for Sports Illustrated, where he’s worked since the mid 1970’s, with over 100 covers to his credit.
Peter’s other editorial credits include: Time, Newsweek, Life, People, Money, Playboy, Runner’s World, USA Weekend and The New York Times. Advertising clients include: Nike, adidas, Footlocker, Eastman Kodak, ABC Television, Panasonic, Coca-Cola, Visa, The National Football League Properties and Canon Cameras.
In addition to photographing seven Olympic games and 30 Super Bowls, Peter has shot 14 NBA Finals. He has covered the Stanley Cup Finals, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, the NCAA Basketball Final Four, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer Finals and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
His portrait work of many world famous athletes and sports figures include Muhammad Ali, Joe Montana, Magic Johnson, Ivan Ivankov, Renaldo, John Wooden, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barry Bonds, John Elway, Gabriella Reece, Shaquille O’Neal and Kathy Ireland.
For the past decade Peter has taught an annual sports photography workshop every spring in Denver, Colorado. He has also taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Rich Clarkson’s Sports Photography Workshop.
Other speaking engagements have included the Los Angeles Chapter of the Advertising Photographers of America, The Wisconsin News Photographers Association and The Sportsshooter Luau. He has also lectured at San Jose State, UCLA, the University of Tennessee and the University of Colorado.
Photography started as a hobby for Peter in high school. His interest continued and his talent flourished while a student USC where he shot for the yearbook and school paper, The Daily Trojan. After university and a slight detour into road managing a rock and roll band, Peter returned to USC where he shot for the Athletic Department. USC’s football success led to his work being published nationally, working for NFL Publications and eventually Sports Illustrated.