Political Theatre brings PDN Award to Mark Peterson

Congratulations to Mark Peterson, the recipient of the first annual PDN (Photo District News) Photographer of the Year.

Political Theatre brings PDN Award to Mark Peterson

Congratulations to Mark Peterson, the recipient of the first annual PDN (Photo District News) Photographer of the Year award!

Peterson will receive $10,000 and a page dedicated to his work in an upcoming issue of PDN for his book, Political Theatre, honored as an outstanding body of work that reflects the year in photography, selected by the editors and publisher of PDN. Peterson's style is unique with at times harshly lit and in-your-face Black & White images almost screaming off the pages.

Political Theatre followed the presidential candidates as they led rallies, met with the public and plead for votes. Peterson 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 followed the political spin as it approached 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, recipient of the first annual PDN Photographer of the Year award

For 17 years the Photo Annual has recognized some of the most creative, noteworthy and important photography of our time, produced by both up-and-coming and established photographers from around the world. A jury of 34 industry leaders selected 165 winners from thousands of entries in 10 categories, and this year’s special recognition awards include the first Photographer of the Year award.
 
Winning images by each of the 165 honorees can be viewed online at the 2017 PDN Photo Annual gallery (https://www.pdnphotoannual.com/gallery/2017) and in the June issue of PDN. Winners will be recognized during the Photo Annual party on Tuesday, June 27 at the TriBeCa Rooftop in New York City.
 
“This year’s entries illustrate the need for independent photojournalism in the world and the impact photographs can have on our views while encouraging a call-to-action,” explains Lauren Wendle, Vice President and Group Publisher of the PHOTO+ Group. “Magnus Wennman’s book, Where the Children Sleep, which received the Publisher’s Choice Award, brings attention to the two million Syrian children who have been forced to flee their homes over the last six years. And Mark Peterson’s book, Political Theatre, documents three years of American politics and disingenuous political campaigns. These are the stories of our time, captured with a level of sensitivity and purpose that can only be produced through photography.”
 
Ms. Wendle also recognized the importance of other sections of the Photo Annual including personal work and student photography. “These categories showcase powerful projects by photographers that are self-assigned and self-funded. Collectively, the Photo Annual is a showcase of the power of photography today.”