Enter the diverse world of architectural thresholds through the lens of photographer Peter Shen. His collection of doorways encompasses a variety of designs from all around the world. Shen focuses on the design and functionality of the entryways to explore the many methods that builders and architects have used to manage the flow of visitors. Shen’s approach to this series reflects his affinity for curating collections of art and antiques and his background as a scientist.
Peter Shen earned a Bachelor of Science in 1982. He moved to the U.S. from Shanghai, China, in 1984 and received his master’s degree from Tulane University. He worked for seven years as the Branch Supervisor of the Texas State Department of Health Lab. He served as Chairman for the City of Austin’s Immigration Affairs Committee. He received the Outstanding Community Leadership Award from the University of Texas at Austin and the Joe W. Neal Outstanding International Leadership Award. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to US Weekly News, Vice Chairman of the Popular Photography Exchange Association of America, Chairman for the Texas Commerce Alliance, and Chairman for the Travis County Citizenship International Program. Shen has visited 55 countries and published six books. He is an avid antiques collector. His collections and photography have been featured at the Dougherty Arts Center, the Austin History Center, the Asian American Resource Center, and FotoATX.