Mark Peterson on Paul Shambroom and Perseverance

October 31, 2016

By David Walker

© Paul Shambroom

From Paul Shambroom’s Meetings, a portrait of small town democracy, “Yamhill, Oregon (population 790) City Council, April 9, 2003 (L to R): Randy Murphy, Paula Terp, Jane Heinrich (Mayor), Kay Echauri, Jeff Breazile.” Mark Peterson worked briefly as an assistant for Shambroom, who taught him the “kind of perseverance [required] for any project, even if nobody else is supporting it or believing in it.”

When we interviewed photographer Mark Peterson about how he has sustained a successful career for more than 30 years, he mentioned Paul Shambroom among a few photographers who helped him get started. “I could never be as good a photographer as Paul is,” Peterson says. “His compositions are so pure and perfect all the time…and I’m always jealous of somebody...

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