The photographer Mark Peterson, like most Americans frustrated with our democratic experiment, hyperprocesses his images to cast the hard-edged rhetoric in sharp relief.
Even in these ferociously partisan times, Mark Peterson finds it staggering how the national conversation about politics has gone so over the top. Fervid comparisons to Nazis, slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, totalitarianism, communism, Muslim extremism and terrorism are tossed around so casually that the words seem to lose their edge; the history becomes fuzzy.
Over the past two years Mark Peterson has photographed American presidential candidates as they lead rallies, meet with voters and plead for votes. He started 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—a show to get a sound bite into the next news cycle.