About

Hi, I’m Mark S. Peterson, a photographer based in the Midwest US “Big 12” university town of Ames, Iowa. Thank you for visiting my website.

I have basically photographed my entire life: I acquired my first camera at the young age of six, and never put it down. In the interim decades, my photographs have appeared in magazines, books, national and regional advertising campaigns, and both corporate and non-profit publications. My fine-art and landscape photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in art galleries and public spaces throughout the Midwest, and appear in private and corporate art collections in the U.S. and Europe. For a number of years, I actively participated in weekend fine-art festivals around the Midwest, which was a very fun experience.

I have enjoyed serving as a juror for photography competitions such as the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, Silos and Smokestacks National Photo Contest, and for many camera clubs. I have also juried art exhibits for organizations such as Iowa Arts Council, Iowa State University, Octagon Center for the Arts, and others.

Having spent some years as a college professor along the way, in 2008 I created “Peterson Photo Workshops,” a photography education endeavor through which I deliver instructional photography workshops. I also teach for other photography education groups from time to time. In terms of my own education, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simpson College, and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

I am available for commercial or editorial assignment, as well as for portrait or fine-art commission. My location in the very center of the US enables me to be able to be anywhere in the country in just a few hours’ time.

Select Recent Clients:
Ames National Corporation
Anheuser-Busch
Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications
Central Bank
Delta Dental of Iowa
Flyway
Iowa Environmental Council
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa State University
Meredith Corporation
The University of Iowa
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