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August 9, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Comic Relief –Team Newt Laying Eagle Eggs

This is the fifth post in our series, The Picture from Iowa, 2012 based on photos and on-the-ground conversations with photographer Brendan Hoffman leading up to the Ames Straw Poll, combined with analysis by The Bag.


With all the bad stuff in the air right down, we thought you could use a more featherweight look at the Iowa scramble as we count down to Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll. The Gingrich couple having descended into self-parody, notice how Callista, the “alpha bird” in the relationship, looks a lot less like a Newt clone now than she does the Team United mascot — just a weird coincidence, or a graphic designer’s revenge? — and (in her dreams) America’s national good luck charm.

‘Nuff said.

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

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

(caption: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich introduce the movie A City Upon A Hill, which is hosted by the two of them, at a screening on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. )

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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