Photographer David Bowman hails from Chicago, studied in Madison, traversed the Australian outback via camel, and drifted to the Twin Cities some time thereafter. One of the first people he met after arriving in Minnesota was fashion photographer Richard Avedon. Bowman asked him what advice he might give a struggling artist, and Avedon responded, “Start working." So he did, ultimately shooting for the likes of Vanity Fair, TIME, Glamour, Target, National Geographic, ESPN, Johnson & Johnson, Disney, and Dwell. In 2013, Bowman graduated with his MFA, Valedictorian of the Graduate School, and became a full member of National Geographic Creative.
Every year at the end of summer, about 2 million people attend the Minnesota State Fair, including myself.
I always bring a camera, and spend at least one afternoon making pictures.
But in 2008, I went all 12 days -- and shot with a large format camera.