Peter Bitzer first completed his studies of commerce. After earning an advanced high-school diploma, he devoted himself to German Studies and Politics in Marburg. Starting in 1986, he worked in marketing and sales for various magazines and newspapers. From 1990 until 1992, he was marketing manager at the Bilderberg – Agentur der Fotografen agency and in 1993 became a managing partner of the laif Agentur für Photos und Reportagen agency. Since 2010, Bitzer has been teaching picture editing at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He was a member of the World Press Photo jury in 2004 and is currently a jury member for the Canon Profifoto New Talent Award.