Mark Peterson: Political Theatre
It is said that politics is the highest form of theatre–it is on everyday, all day. Nothing quite said high drama like last year’s presidential race. No matter which person you voted for, I think everyone will find this book fascinating and interesting. Photographer Mark Peterson followed the campaigns as a press photographer, and besides taking normal press photos of the candidates and crowds, he also took photographs for this new book. With these photographs, he truly shows that the campaigns are really just theatre, that the candidates are just performing in front of an audience. Everyone is part of this theatre, even the audience. The photographs range from extreme close-ups of men’s ties to pictures of other photographers taking pictures and even candid shots of the candidates after debates. For people who love politics, this is the type of book for you. It is extremely fascinating; since these images are not stage-managed like they are on CNN, the photos give a look at how odd our system of electing a leader is.
Mark Peterson, Photographer