Peter Menzel was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1948. He became a professional photographer in 1970 and took interest in topics like DNA fingerprinting and solar cars. But he also covered more traditional projects like some related to photojournalism. Some of his more popular projects was his work on the Kuwait oil well fires of 1991 and "Material World". His photographs have been featured in the United Nations, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the National Museum of Natural History.