Monday, May 18, 2009

Over the course of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election 18 individuals
ran for the nation's highest office. Many of who's campaign's started
and ended in Iowa. Our photographic coverage began in the summer of
2007 when the five of us moved to Iowa's capital of Des Moines. Nearly
all of the candidates both Republican and Democratic set up offices,
had staff on the ground, or had visited the state in their quest to
become president, and we covered all 18 candidates from their start to
their finish. We set out to search for images that were often
overlooked. To that end we began to not only
focus on the candidates, but the faces in the crowds, the hangers on,
the staffers, the rallies, and the just plain odd. We posted a new
photo for each day of the election on the site starting in June 2007
and up until election night. After the Iowa Primary we traveled to many
other states like New Hampshire, South Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin etc.,
often as a group, still working towards the ultimate goal of covering
the entire election together. In the end we were able to finish the
election just as we began, as a small group of photojournalists,
working, traveling and living together, witnesses to a historic chapter
in our country's history. Beginning in Iowa, through Chicago on
election night and finally Washington D.C. during the inauguration, we
covered it all and achieved our goal.

For those of you who will be in NYC June 4th, please join us in Dumbo
at Pochron Studios for The Stumping Grounds one night only gallery show.

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