In a decade and a half of photographing Peter Dunne, he never once asked us to retouch his image.

 

United Future feb 2008

Red tie

 

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Blue tie

 

 

Peter Dunne 2014

Bow tie

 

 

 

Peter Dunne at Beehive, United Future by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

No tie. Peter Dunne busy working in The Beehive soon after the 2002 election.

 

Yesterday I posted a photograph of Winston Peters and his election billboard. Jim Mora mentioned my post on RNZ National’s show ‘The Panel’ during a discussion of our society’s expectations of photographs.

It occurred to me that Peter Dunne is another politician who has never once requested any photo retouching in the decade and a half in which we have been photographing him.

As Kiwis I sometimes wonder if we appreciate just how much access we have to our politicians. As a photographer I’m pleasantly aware of how wonderfully plain (as in the Amish compliment plain) so many of our corporate and government leaders actually are when you get them on their own to photograph them. This is something I hope our society does not lose.

 

Peter Dunne & Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

I have no idea what Peter and Chris are doing here as they walk down Cuba St, ‘Paper, Scissors Rock’ perhaps? Chris has a knack of making people from all walks of life feel at ease in front of his camera, he quickly gets to the real face and personality of his subject.

 

Peter Dunne and Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne & Chris scout out the Wellington bypass

 

 

 

 

We have never been press photographers, Chris just loves to photograph people and discuss ideas.

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter on our front steps

 

 

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne 2014

Peter Dunne 2014

Peter Dunne 2014

Peter Dunne 2014

Peter Dunne United Future by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne United Future by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Peter Dunne United Future by Wellington commercial photographer Chris McCarthy

Thank you for the opportunity to photograph for you Peter!

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