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July 28, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Bachmann's Inner Child

Brendan Hoffman reports that Michele Bachmann, proud and unabashedly self-referential when it comes to her role as a mother and foster-mom, gravitates most strongly to the children at her events, and vice-versa. Regarding the whiteboard, this is a standard presentation Bachmann gives to help the audience imagine how big a trillion is.

Not to be condescending, but do you sense a strong elementary quality here with a childlike feel to many of these faces and bodies?

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

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

(photos 1 -3: Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann campaigns on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Marshalltown, IA. photo 4: A boy listens to Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann speak during a campaign stop on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Davenport, 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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