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August 10, 2011

The Picture from Iowa, 2012: Perry, a Prayer and a Cookie

This is the sixth 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.


Again, it’s another shot from Iowa that’s mostly a caricature (this one, of a religious order). I have to say, though, given how his candidate has been working the God-card, Jeff here, amidst the sanctity, standing in mid-prayer with a stack of Rick Perry flyers in one hand and a half-eaten chocolate chip cookie in the other, seems like the perfect endorsement for his man.

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

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

(photo: A supporter of undeclared Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry prays at a fundraiser for the Linn County Republican Party on Friday, August 5, 2011 in Tiffen, 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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