Nate Gowdy’s “Campaign in Contrast”
2013 PDNedu Student Photo Contest winner Nate Gowdy has been on the campaign trail for the 2016 presidential election, capturing bold black-and-white portraits of the candidates that reflect the polarizing state of U.S. politics today.
Reminiscent of the style of photojournalist Mark Peterson, Gowdy’s portraits are jarring and exaggerated, showing the unflattering sides of candidates on both sides of the fence. Gowdy says: “‘Campaign in Contrast’ visually echoes the spectacle of a starkly polarized presidential election: the harsh contrast of passionately partisan contests and the blunt ways supporters see themselves as well as their rivals—Republican versus Democrat, the Left versus the Right, capitalist versus socialist, conservative versus liberal, even good versus evil.”
The work has been featured and recognized by TIME, American Photography 32, Communication Arts‘ 57th Photography Annual, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.
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