2020 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Singles, 3rd Prize

Hitler’s Birthday / Easter Weekend

Photographer

Mark Peterson

Redux Pictures, for New York

19 April, 2019

Members of the white supremacist group Shield Wall Network celebrate Hitler’s birthday, on Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas, USA.

Right-wing extremist activity has grown in the US over the past decade, according to a study published by Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The study points to the rise in internet and social media use by far-right groups, connections between local and international groups, and political developments in the US as major contributing factors. Although the rise began before Donald Trump began campaigning for the US presidency, the study suggests that individuals have been energized by his election. In September, US Homeland Security named white supremacy a leading terrorist threat. FBI director Christopher Wray later told the House Judiciary Committee that far-right activity posed a steady threat of violence to the US.

About the photographer

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson is a photographer based in New York City, USA.  Peterson’s work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/250
ISO
250
Camera
Sony ILCE-7RM3

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