Bob Peterson (photographer)

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Bob Peterson (photographer) (born April 14, 1944), from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a professional photographer and publisher of Paralympics: Where Heroes Come,[1] the first book ever written about the history of the Paralympic Games.[2]

Bob Peterson is also noted for his photographs of Wayne Gretzky in his first two seasons with the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, first with the World Hockey Association, and then with the National Hockey League.[3] These include shots of Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe in the 1979 WHA All-Star series, the only time these two ever played together.[4]

Born April 14, 1944, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Robert Dale Matt Peterson attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and graduated in 1964 from that institution's first class of Photography.[5] Bob Peterson worked for the Edmonton Journal, CFRN TV, and as a freelance photographer.

Peterson was the Official Photographer for the Edmonton Eskimos football team from 1975 to 1983, and for the Edmonton Drillers soccer team from 1981-2.

In addition he served as Coordinator of Photography for Universiade '83 in Edmonton. He served as Official Photographer for the Canadian Paralympic Committee at the 1988 Seoul Paralympic Games, and for the International Paralympic Committee at the Paralympic Games in Tignes-Albertville in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Nagano in 1998.[6]

As a result of his experience with disabled sports at the Paralympics,[7] he published the book Paralympics: Where Heroes Come.[8] The book has been distributed to 69 countries, and with the help of the Franklin Foundation[9] and the Soldier On! program is now being given to injured Canadian soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

In 2003, Bob Peterson's images were featured in an exhibit titled The Rookie at the Royal Alberta Museum.[10]

In 2016, Bob Peterson was featured in an article in the Edmonton Journal [11] about his career. He was also featured in two television interviews reviewing his career, one on CBC [12] and one on CTV's Alberta Primetime,[13] as well as a CBC news story.[14]

Selected publications in which Bob Peterson's photographs have appeared[edit]

  • Cowley, Michael. Sex and the Single Prime Minister. Toronto: Greywood, 1968.
  • Jones, Terry. Decade of Excellence. Edmonton, Alberta: Executive Sport Publications, 1980.
  • Jones, Terry. The Great Gretzky. Don Mills, Ont.: General, 1980.
  • Jones, Terry. The Great Gretzky Yearbook. Don Mills, Ont.: General, 1981.
  • Jones, Terry. The Great Gretzky Yearbook II: The Greatest Single Season in Hockey History. Don Mills, Ont.: General, 1982.
  • Horton, Marc. Voice of a City: The Edmonton Journal's First Century, 1903 to 2003. Edmonton, Alberta: Edmonton Journal, 2003.
  • Kepley, Dan and Jim Taylor. The Edmonton Eskimos: Inside the Dynasty. Toronto: Methuen, 1983.
  • Marsh, James. "Wayne Gretzky." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Edmonton, Alberta: Hurtig, 1985.
  • Peterson, Cynthia and Robert D. Steadward. Paralympics: Where Heroes Come. Edmonton, Alberta: One Shot, 1998.
  • Soviet Life magazine. November, 1984.
  • Taylor, Jim. Wayne Gretzky: the Authorized, Pictorial History. Vancouver: Opus Productions, 1994.
  • Taylor Jim and Walter Gretzky. Gretzky: from the backyard rink to the Stanley Cup. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Cynthia and Robert D Steadward. Paralympics : Where Heroes Come. Edmonton, Alberta: One Shot, 1998.
  2. ^ Short, John, (1998, February 12). New book documents paralympic history :[Final Edition]. Edmonton Journal,p. D7. Retrieved December 17, 2008, from Canadian Newsstand Core database. (Document ID: 211398871).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2008-12-19.  Royal Alberta Museum: Past Exhibitions and Events: Retrospective 2003
  4. ^ Jones, Terry. The Great Gretzky. Don Mills, Ont.: General, 1980.
  5. ^ http://www.nait.ca/spotlight/archive/2001/julyaug2001.htm[permanent dead link] Career Spotlight Archives
  6. ^ Steadward, Robert D. and Cynthia Peterson, (1998), Paralympics : Where Heroes Come, Edmonton, Alberta: One Shot.
  7. ^ Tait, Cam, (1998, February 14). A quiet corner for new parents :[Final Edition]. Edmonton Journal,p. J6. Retrieved December 17, 2008, from Canadian Newsstand Core database. (Document ID: 211405081).
  8. ^ Chambers, Allan, Journal Staff Writer (1997, August 5). Paralympians provide unbound inspiration :[FINAL Edition]. Edmonton Journal,p. B.1. Retrieved December 17, 2008, from Canadian Newsstand Core database. (Document ID: 13336324).
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2008-12-19.  Northern Alberta Amputee Program
  10. ^ Royal Alberta Museum: Past Exhibitions and Events: Retrospective 2003 Archived June 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Edmonton photographer's treasure trove of sports photos
  12. ^ Edmonton photographer ready to sell vintage Gretzky images
  13. ^ 'One Shot Bob' on photography and his career
  14. ^ Vintage Wayne Gretzky images going up for sale

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