Pete Doherty - Orangeville Agricultural Centre, Ontario, 2000 (detail)

Pete Doherty

Canada 1964

Photography

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty
Male
Canada
1964
November 1, 2015

Pete Doherty is a self-taught Canadian photographer and photojournalist, best known for his black-and-white images of boxing, depicting emotions, training and everything that happens around the ring. As a former fighter himself, Pete is able to empathize with the range of emotions that a boxer must endure, and translate those emotions into his images, capturing the soul of the sport.

Photography by Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty - Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, 2002
Pete Doherty – Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, 2002

Pete Doherty was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1964. He studied at OCAD – Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and graduated in 1986. But after his first contact with the boxing world, the photographer abruptly tossed his darkroom days aside and devoted his time and energy into a newfound love – fight. Pete tried to become a successful amateur boxer, but his boxing career never took off the way he imagined. He was too small and too light in weight most of the time to find an appropriate opponent. After retiring from his amateur career, Doherty returned to the boxing ring this time with his camera in hands, and started capturing candid emotions of fighters and other people in the boxing world.

Photography by Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty - Quinte Sports Centre, Belleville, Ontario, 2008
Pete Doherty – Quinte Sports Centre, Belleville, Ontario, 2008

Speaking of boxing, Pete Doherty said: “I loved it right away, there was just something that happened inside of me, and it’s corny, but I knew I was home and I’ve loved it ever since.”

Photography by Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty - Sully's Gym, Toronto, Ontario, 2002
Pete Doherty – Sully’s Gym, Toronto, Ontario, 2002

Pete Doherty’s images were exhibited in many group and one-man shows, mostly in Canada. His photography is in a collection of Portrait Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON and Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto, ON. He is at the moment working on a boxing book, and hopes to complete it in the near future. Doherty is represented by Stephen Bulger gallery, located in Toronto.

Pete Doherty currently lives, trains and works in Toronto, Canada.

Featured image: Pete Doherty – Orangeville Agricultural Centre, Ontario, 2000 (detail)
All images courtesy of Stephen Bulger gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Ringside with Pete DohertyToronto Archives, Toronto, ONSolo
2015Boxing: The Sweet ScienceThe Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ONGroup
2013World’s GreatestStephen Bulger Gallery, Gallery 2, Toronto, ONSolo
2013Position as Desired, Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge CollectionCanadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax, NSGroup
2011Becoming, Photographs From the Wedge CollectionNasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NCGroup
2010Save Me Joe LouisGallery 44 Members Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2010Position As Desired - Exploring African Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge CollectionThe Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Group
2009D.U.M.B.O. Art FestivalGleason’s Gym, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2008Becoming: Photographs From The Wedge CollectionThe Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MichiganGroup
2008Creative Art GemsCreative Works Studio, Toronto, ONGroup
2007Ninety-Six Hours of WedgeThe Burroughes Building, Toronto, ONGroup
2006Pete DohertyProject Room, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2006Object of the GameAWOL Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2006Squarefoot 2006AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2006Affordable Art FairNew York City, New YorkGroup
2005-2007WHODUNIT? OCAD Mystery Art SaleOntario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ONGroup
2005-2006Framework TimeraiserFramework Foundation, Toronto, ONGroup
2005Middle DistanceSully’s Boxing & Athletic Club, Toronto, ONSolo
2005Steam Whistle Photo ExhibitionSteam Whistle Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup
2005Toronto Outdoor Art ExhibitionNathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ONGroup
2004-2006Queen West Art CrawlTrinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ONGroup
2004Fight WorldStarbucks Coffee Co., Toronto, ONSolo
2003 Double Exposure Photography AuctionThe Carlu, Toronto, ONGroup
2003Double Exposure PreviewStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONGroup