Peeter Laurits is one of the best-known Estonian photographic artists, and art historians often see his work as having an affinity with postmodernism. Laurits became engaged in art photography in the mid-1980s, when photography could only be studied at the technical college level. After a period of study in New York in the early 1990s, he and Herkki-Erich Merila founded the legendary group DeStudio, which became famous for its large-scale postmodern photo collages and cynical media manipulations, and also standing out in the field of advertising and fashion photography. In 1997, Laurits launched the Kütioru Open Studio in Võru County and served as its managing director until 2009. At the studio, he became increasingly engrossed in mythical subject matter, themes related to primeval nature and natural cycles, and ancient symbols such as spiral labyrinths.