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July 27, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: The Bachmann Versus Pawlenty Voter

With another Iowa marathon come those perennial questions: How representative is Iowa, and why should the Hawkeye Buckeye State have the first shot at shaping the presidential field? Photographer Brendan Hoffman is in Iowa leading up to the Ames Straw Poll on August 13th. We’ll be following him and looking at what his photos suggest about the candidates, Campaign ’12 and the current political climate.

In the meantime, some specific questions: How representative are these photos? do you think the similarity is just random? and, do you sense any difference between the Bachmann and the Pawlenty voter?

PHOTOGRAPHS by Brendan Hoffman/Prime Collective — Campaign Tumblr Site.

Follow all the posts in this series at: The Picture from Iowa, 2012.

(caption 1: Attendees at a town hall meeting held by Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Marshalltown, IA. caption 2: A man listens to Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty at a campaign stop on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Webster City, IA.)

About the Photographer

Brendan Hoffman

Brendan Hoffman (b. Albany, NY, 1980) is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He began his career in 2007 after working at a desk for several years in the non-profit sector. He divides his time between client and personal work. Assignments often involve covering news and politics for publications such as TIME magazine or the New York Times. His personal projects reflect his interest in the ways in which economic and political structures shape modern society. His ongoing project “Stand the Middle Ground” is an exploration of contemporary middle class America in the context of free trade and the decline of manufacturing in a small Iowa town. Brendan has received awards for his photography from Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and other organizations. He has worked in a variety of countries for both editorial and NGO clients, and is a co-founder of Prime. See more of Brendan's work for BagNews here.

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