Peter Mauss began his career as a fine art photographer. He studied at Yale University with Walker Evans, Vincent Scully, Paul Caponigro, and Richard Benson. Working with large format cameras, Peter concentrated on landscape and rural environments, producing platinum and palladium prints that have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Paris.
When Peter moved to New York he became involved in the architectural preservation movement. He collaborated on the book Terra Cotta Skyline with Susan Tunick which won the Brendan Gill Award in 1997 and the New York City Book Award in 1998.
Over time Peter became more intrigued by the intersection of landscape architecture, traditional architecture and urbanism. He has worked with the Olin Partnership and Ken Smith on monographs of their work; and has collaborated on two books with Dan Snow, the dry stonewall sculptor: In the Company of Stone and Listening to Stone.