How Mark Peterson Stays Inspired and How He’s Fueled His Long Career

October 5, 2016

By David Walker

© Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson’s latest long-term project, “Political Theater,” grew out of his interest in photographing the political right. For close to a decade, he struggled to find his voice for the work after switching from film to digital, until an assignment shot on an iPhone inspired a new approach.

Thirty-five years into his career, Mark Peterson is surging again. His new project, called “Political Theater,” with its stark black-and-white photographs inspired by the classics of film noir, lacerates the pretense, egos, and stage-managed “optics” of presidential politics. Peterson will turn the groundbreaking project into a book this fall. And it is bringing him plenty of assignment work, covering the...

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