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Mark Peterson: Political Theatre

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Featured image is reproduced from 'Mark Peterson: Political Theatre.'

Mark Peterson’s way of looking—with a raucous wit, and an eye for the scary and the absurd—is meant for our current political moment. His photographs will stand as a defining portrait of an unsettling time. Joanna Milter, Director of Photography, The New Yorker

Over the past two years New York–based Mark Peterson (born 1955) has photographed American presidential candidates as they lead rallies, meet with the public and plead for votes. He began documenting the race shortly before the government shutdown in 2013 at a Tea Party rally at the US Capitol, when politicians were railing against President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Since then Peterson has followed the political spin as it approaches the November 2016 election, creating already-famous images of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Sarah Palin, Chris Christie and others, cutting through the staging of their personalities and revealing the cold, naked ambition for power. This volume documents what has been widely described as the most polarized and bizarre presidential race in American history.
Mark Peterson's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, New York, Fortune, Time, ESPN The Magazine and Geo, among many others. His numerous awards include a W. Eugene Smith support grant. Peterson’s book Acts of Charity was published in 2004 by Powerhouse Books.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Mark Peterson: Political Theatre.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Time Magazine

Paul Moakley

Under his handheld flash, he shows candidates as human beings with their flaws and imperfections amplified by his careful lighting and framing.

Lenscratch

Aline Smithson

...this election is perfectly captured in black and white by photographer Mark Peterson, stripping the last two years down to its bare bones, showing the warts and weirdness of democracy gone awry.

The Huffington Post

Priscilla Frank

Through Peterson’s cinematic lens, politicians morph into vaudevillian performers, their constituents raving fans. The images deliberately break from the impartial and deferential style of photojournalists, opting instead to highlight intensity, absurdity and artifice wherever they appear.

Time, Best Photobooks of 2016

Michelle Molloy

Mark Peterson starkly captures the conscience of the American political drama.

American Illustration/American Photography

What Peterson did was to get into the thick of something appalling and create something appealing — a remarkable book perfectly in tune for a remarkable year in politics.

Artsy

Demie Kim

Peterson’s cinematic, close-up portraits of U.S. presidential candidates and their supporters are among the most dramatic images taken along this year’s campaign trail, finding their way to covers of TIME magazine and NY Mag, among others. Highly contrasted and garishly lit, his black-and-white images chronicled the insanity of the protests and rallies leading up to the election—and remain a powerful record in its wake.

L'Oeil de la Photographie

Peterson pulls back the curtain on such performances to show these politicians as they really are.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/20/2017

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre"The source of much of the shocking surreality of the 2016 election can be easily and precisely identified," John Heilemann writes in Mark Peterson's mesmerizing 2016 election season photobook, Political Theatre: "Donald J. Trump. The rise to political prominence and power of the billionaire real-estate mogul, reality-TV star and self-branding virtuoso was not only a development unforeseen but deemed beyond the realm of possibility by virtually every Establishment politician, analyst and pundit. By any conventional metric, Trump was plainly unqualified to be president; he possessed neither the resume, the knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, nor the temperament ordinarily required to occupy the Oval Office. His suitability even to be the Republican nominee was just as dubious. He held an array of positions at odds with the party's long-held orthodoxies; indeed, for most of his life, he had been a member of the Democratic Party. Once Trump launched his campaign, these strikes against him were magnified by his outlandish behavior: a seemingly endless string of political and personal provocations and offenses; policy proposals that ranged from the obviously implausible (building a giant wall along the Mexican border, financed by Mexico) to the clearly unconstitutional (banning all Muslims from entering the United States); his routine and gleeful incitement of violence at his rallies; and a consistent and overt appeal to the racist, nativist, xenophobic elements within the Republican Party." Today this "surreality" becomes reality. Photograph is reproduced from Mark Peterson: Political Theatre and © Mark Peterson/Redux. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/19/2017

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre

Mark Peterson: Political TheatreHow did we get here? What do we do now? Featured image is reproduced from Mark Peterson: Political Theatre, a TIME magazine best photobook of 2016, a critic's pick at The New Yorker and Huffington Post, and certainly one of the best photographic records of an election cycle, ever. John Heilemann writes, "Peterson presents the drama and comedy, the transparent fakery and moments of accidental authenticity, and the abject chaos that has transfixed and often mortified anyone paying attention… Peterson has given us an indispensable record of an election at once more raw, divisive and shot through with a sense of desperation—and perhaps, for good or ill, more lastingly consequential—than any in our lifetime." Photo © Mark Peterson/Redux. continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/27/2016

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre at the Strand

Mark Peterson: Political Theatre at the StrandMark Peterson's 2013 photograph of Governor Chris Christie at a New Jersey state function is reproduced from Political Theatre, Peterson's "defining portrait of an unsettling time," in the words of New Yorker Director of Photography Joanna Milter. Also praised by TIME, The Washington Post and the New York Times, among others, the book documents the current presidential race from 2013-2016, capturing in excruciating close-up the most polarized and bizarre presidential race in American history. Tonight at 7PM at the Strand, Peterson will appear in conversation with MSNBC Photography Director Amy Pereira. Book signing to follow, as part of STEIDLxSTRAND. continue to blog


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