PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NW

Charle Petersen

Felix, Steamboat Rock State Park, WA, 2015, from “Child’s Play”
Archival Pigment Print
24 X 30 inches
#1/15, signed
Retail Framed: $2,000
© Charles Petersen; Framing courtesy of Museum Quality Framing, Capitol Hill

b 1964, Longview, WA; lives in Seattle, WA
“Home is often about security, being settled, family and friends, children and walking the dog. It’s an easy place, a nice place, and can be a difficult place to make art, or at least art that is meaningful outside of your cozy surround. In photographing my children, I needed to reach further into the psyche and try to connect with the viewer’s own childhood, that feeling one gets of a blast of warm air on a perfect afternoon and déjà vu takes you back to the age of five. It’s about archetypical behavior that is embedded deep within all of us.”

Peterson is best known for his documentation of the music phenomenon known as “grunge,” culminating in the critically acclaimed monograph Touch Me I’m Sick (powerHouse, 2003). Peterson’s photographs have graced hundreds of record covers, and appeared in publications worldwide including The New York Times, Mojo, People, Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and Newsweek, and have been exhibited in major museums in the U.S. and Europe.

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