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Pete Marovich September 12, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Mennonite family in Virginia, 2008

Pete Marovich (b. 1961, USA) has been a photojournalist for 24 years working for newspapers, wire services and magazines. From 1986 until 1999, Pete worked as a contract photographer for major golf publications while covering the professional golf tours. He was named the 2008 NPPA Region 3 Photographer of the year as well as runner-up in 2006 and 2009. Images from his coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration were included in the Official Inaugural Book as well as the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He is currently the Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for ZUMA Press covering the White House and Capitol Hill. His photography has appeared in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, The Huffington Post, Politico, Bloomberg and others.

About the Photograph:

“This photo is from a project on an Old Order Mennonite family in Virginia. I had been working for the newspaper in Harrisonburg and there is a large Mennonite community in the surrounding county. The project was not easy to photograph since Old Order Mennonites are similar to the Amish in that they do not like to be photographed. I was introduced to this family by a family friend who had grown up knowing the family. Permission to visit them and “observe” their way of life was granted by the patriarch of the family with the understanding that they would not pose for any images. I spent about eight months making visits to the family while getting to know them, gaining their trust and making the occasional image. This particular photograph was made during a community gathering at a nearby farm. Jesse, the youngest of the children, was hanging out with the men.”