Mark Peterman

The Way Out Is Through, 2021 from the series “Constructed Realities”

Archival pigment print

18 x 25 inches, framed to 25 x 31 inches

Edition 2 of 15

Retail value $1500

© and courtesy Mark Peterman

“Constructed Realities” is a study in the perception of reality. The series is made up of fictional scenes, drawn from cinematic and literary influences, built with 1/12 scale size sets and props. Each finished photograph contains elements of mystery and a general sense of unease. The work is made to evoke a response where the viewer is compelled to know more about what is happening and question what they are seeing. The viewer is often presented with clues that are intended to be like a detective story where the reader feels compelled to turn the next page. I beg the viewer to feel the mist in the air, smell the rain and sense the excitement before embarking on an adventure where they are unsure of what may lie ahead.

Mark Peterman is a visual artist who explores narrative storytelling through photographs and multi-media. He constructs fictional narratives inspired from cinematic and literary influences that challenge the perception of reality and utilize the mystery of the unknown. His work examines how change, memory, and the passage of time effect the human experience.

His personal projects in book and print form have been exhibited in group shows at museums and galleries including: Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, Ma), Month Of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona), The Foley Gallery, New York, NY. His work is in the permanent collection at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Az. 

His work has been awarded by the American Photography Annual (AP), the International Photo Awards (Lucie + IPA), Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3), Photo District News Photo Annual (PDN), and Photolucida’s Critical Mass.

Mark Peterman was one of Photolucida’s 2022 Critical Mass Top 50 artists. This work was selected to be included in PCNW’s 2023 exhibition, Imminent Existence, which showcased one piece of each of the Top 50 artists.

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