People Magazine: Tim’s Place in Albuquerque

I recently photographed a really interesting assignment for People Magazine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tim’s Place is billed as “the world’s friendliest restaurant” serving breakfast, lunch and hugs.

Tim’s Place is a restaurant owned by Tim Harris who was born with Down Syndrome. He is a Special Olympic athlete and graduate of Eastern New Mexico University. Since opening in 2010, Tim has givenĀ 18,000 hugs to customers andĀ there is a official hug counter in the dining room that keeps track.

The assignment was published this week in the May 21, 2012 issue of People Magazine. If you are in Albuquerque stop by for breakfast or lunch and get a hug from Tim.

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4 Comments to People Magazine: Tim’s Place in Albuquerque

  1. Tim is one amazing guy, I loved going to his place and eating there. Best was a big hug that I got from Tim!!! I will be going back to eat there many more times!!!! What a great place to eat!

  2. Amber Smith on May 22nd, 2012
  3. What a great story! And great photos too!

  4. Valerie Morgan on May 22nd, 2012
  5. I want to go visit Tims place.. Great story.. way to go Tim.

  6. Maryellen Godinez on May 22nd, 2012
  7. Great photos! Inspiring young man who through his business will touch many lives. Go Tim!!

  8. Nancy LaBelle on May 23rd, 2012

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Mark Peterman explores narratives with photographs and multimedia. Although his work
is at home in the post-modern world it is very informed by history. A desire to be creative
on a daily basis fuels his curiosity about the human experience and he documents things in sketchbooks as a way of remembering his life.

Since he was young, he has been recreating the world around him through photographs and is continually refining his artistic vision by drawing on influences from music, literature and art. Mark's work reflects a graphic, story-telling quality with a cinematic feel, drawing on his design background while studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Mark enjoys photographing ordinary people who do interesting things. Although he is primarily a still photographer, he has recently started incorporating multi-media and motion into his work. Recent project themes include examining how one's memory is affected with the passage of time and exploring family histories.