Peter B. Kaplan was born in Manhattan, NYC and raised in Great Neck, Long Island. He has lived in New York City, Manhattan, NY; Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, MA and at present resides in Hockessin, Delaware. After his military obligation, he continued his college education majoring in photography at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He assisted many of New York’s top commercial photographers and because of his avid interest in nature and wildlife photography, studied under Ansel Adams, Bob Sisson and Doug Faulkner. He worked on many of the Time/Life Flower Book and the American wilderness series. He did a 18 page essay on Rattlesnakes for the first issue of American Geo Magazine, Two special issues for Audubon Magazine on the California Condor and also the cover and inside images for their Alaskan issue. He also did an essay for Life Magazine on the Bald Eagle where he got to climb into 3 nests with a total of 5 chicks.
His interest started to shift to architecture upon completion of the World Trade Center in 1974 when his specialty of “Height Photography” was born. In 1979 he was the only photographer granted permission to document the erection of the 447 foot antenna on top of the 1300 foot roof of the north tower of the World Trade Center. Mr. Kaplan’s photographs have been placed in time capsules under the Empire State Building for its 50th Anniversary, the Brooklyn Bridge for it 100th Anniversary, in the spire of the Chrysler Building during its 50th Anniversary Restoration, and in the time capsule under the Statue of Liberty for her 100th Anniversary. He was awarded the title of the “Preferred Photographer” of the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. where he was a volunteer for ten years, starting in 1982 when they began the restoration for the 100th Anniversaries of these two world renowned monuments. He has created over 125,000 images, while painstakingly documenting every aspect of the Statue of Liberty’s historic restoration. To date, he has the most extensive and complete photographed collection on the Statue. These photographs were used to raise over $500 million for the restoration of these two national monuments.