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Pete Marovich – The Politics of a Democracy

Pete Marovich

The Politics of a Democracy

When it comes to politics in the United States, Washington, D.C. is ground zero. This is where it all happens, or doesn’t happen as many would complain.

As a photojournalist covering politics, I have a front row seat to history as our democracy works in all of its magnificence and sometimes its ugliness.

At the White House I have been witness to the President meeting with world leaders, signing bills into law, bestowing honors on soldiers and civilians and sometimes answering tough questions from an inquiring press corps.



Covering the halls of Congress is an experience like no other. A place where politicians snipe at each other one minute and pat each other on the back the next. One minute you can see Senators having a heated debate over a divisive topic like healthcare and later you might see the same Senators chatting it up like old golfing buddies.

Photographing a hearing where Secretary of State Clinton is being grilled on the tragedy in Benghazi or watching Senator Robert Byrd take the owner of a collapsed coal mine in his beloved state of West Virginia to task is about as real as it gets. And having a vantage point sitting in the area between the witnesses and the Members of Congress puts you right in the center of the action.

An then of course there is the spectacle of everyday citizens rallying and marching to have their voices heard. Whether in favor or in protest, the ability of the people to speak freely is one of this country’s most valued and defended rights. It seems you never have to wait long for a protest to pop up in D.C., and every time one does it is just further proof that Democracy is alive and well.

The politics not withstanding.




Pete Marovich is an award-winning photojournalist based in Washington, D.C. He is currently working as a freelancer, contributing to Bloomberg News Photos, McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service, Getty Images, European PressPhoto Agency, United Press International, and SIPA Press. His archive is represented by CORBIS.

His photography has appeared in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Financial Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Woman’s World, The Huffington Post, Politico, Essence, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Daily Beast.

Pete lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife, Jenny, and their two cats.


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