Richard Colburn Photographer
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack first announced Democratic candidate for the nomination and first to withdraw at Senator Tom Harkin’s Annual Steak Fry, Indianola, Iowa. September 16, 2007Grand Opening Huckabee for President Iowa Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa. June 13, 2007John Cox at the King Tower Café, Tama, Iowa.  July 18, 2007Marshalltown House Party for Chris Dodd, Marshall County Democratic  Headquarters. November 11, 2007Governor Bill Richardson after Meet and Greet, Warren County Administration Building, Indianola, Iowa. June 23, 2007.  Town Hall Meeting with Tommy Thompson, West Link Golf Course, Alta, Iowa. June 2, 2007.Senator Brownback at Moundview Manor, Marion, Iowa.  June 11, 2007.Barack Obama Canvass Kick-off, Dubuque, Iowa.  June 9. 2007.Meet Mike Huckabee Lunch, Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joint, Waterloo, Iowa.  November 7, 2007Governor Mitt Romney, “Ask Mitt Anything" Breakfast, DMACC Campus, Newton, Iowa. May 21, 2007.  Joe Biden Meet and Greet, American Legion Post 73, Tama, Iowa, December 8, 2007.Joe Biden Meet and Greet, American Legion Post 73, Tama, Iowa, December 8, 2007.Tommy Thompson Ice Cream Social, New Hampton, Iowa, July 12, 2007.“Joe Biden Meets with the Gay Community”, Iowa City, Iowa.  July 2, 2007.“Joe Biden Meets with the Gay Community”, Iowa City, Iowa.  July 2, 2007Marshalltown House Party for Chris Dodd, Marshall County Democratic  Headquarters. November 11, 2007Barack Obama Canvass Kick-off, Dubuque, Iowa.  June 9. 2007.Protester, Grand Opening Huckabee for President Iowa Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa. June 13, 2007Pro-Life Demonstrators, Hillary Clinton Campaign Event, Newton, Iowa. April 21, 2007Pro-Life Demonstrator, Bill and Hillary Clinton Event, The National Cattle Congress, Waterloo, Iowa,July 4, 2007.Valek, Rally for Ron Paul, Des Moines, Iowa, June 30, 2007.Mike, Who Voted for Ron Paul, Republican Straw Poll, Ames, Iowa.  August 11, 2007. Duncan Hunter Campaign Site, Republican Straw Poll, Ames, Iowa.  August 11, 2007.  Paul Simon, Chris Dodd Event, Fort Dodge, Iowa, July 6, 2007.Mike Huckabee and His Band, Republican Straw Poll, Ames, Iowa.  August 11, 2007. Elizabeth Edwards introduces John, New Hampton, Iowa.  May 27, 2007Tom Tancredo, Dubuque County GOP Picnic, Dubuque, Iowa. June 24, 2007.
"Chris Dodd Community Table", Steamboat Gardens, Waterloo, Iowa, July 5, 2007.John McCain House Party, Gladbrook, Iowa, August 2, 2007.Obama House Party, Elkader, Iowa, July 17, 2007.Mitt Romney Luncheon, Orange City, Iowa 
July 21, 2007Joe Biden Meet and Greet, American Legion Post 73, Tama, Iowa, December 8, 2007.Tom Tancredo at Town Hall Meeting, Countryside Golf Course, Norwalk, Iowa. October 27, 2007.Dubuque County GOP Picnic, Dubuque, Iowa. June 24, 2007.John McCain Press Conference to announce he will continue with his campaign, Urbandale, Iowa.  July 22, 2007John McCain with the media, Breakfast and Town Hall Meeting, Le Mars Municipal Golf Course, Le Mars, Iowa. June 2, 2007Barack Obama Impromptu Interview, VFW Post 5240, Dakota City, Iowa. April 15. 2007Mike Huckabee and Bob Vander Plaats, Grand Opening Huckabee for President Iowa Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa. June 13, 2007Congressman Duncan Hunter, House Party, Home of Steve and Kim Carlson hosted by the Iowa Christian Alliance, Sioux City, Iowa. July 21, 2007.Hillary Clinton “Organizing for Change Event”, Bluegrass Café, Tama, Iowa.  November 19, 2007Interview, After Town Hall Meeting with Tommy Thompson, West Link Golf Course, Alta, Iowa. June 2, 2007.Barack Obama at VFW Post 5240, Dakota City, Iowa.  April 15, 2007Senator Joe Biden at Memorial Day events, Waterloo, Iowa. May 28, 2007.  Withdrew January 3, 2008 after poor showing in Iowa Caucuses. Selected by Barack Obama to be Vice President.Senator John McCain, Breakfast and Town Hall Meeting, Le Mars Municipal Golf Course, Le Mars, Iowa. June 2, 2007Mike Huckabee at a reception sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance, Saul House.  Cedar Falls, Iowa.  April 27, 2007.  Withdrew March 4, 2008Hillary Clinton at Uncle Nancy’s Coffeehouse, Newton, Iowa April 21, 2007.Governor Mitt Romney, “Ask Mitt Anything Breakfast, DMACC campus, Newton, Iowa. May 21, 2007.  Suspended his campaign February 7, 2008Congressman Ron Paul, Republican Straw Poll, Ames, Iowa.  August 11, 2007.  Withdrew March 6, 2008Senator John Edwards after a fundraising reception for Iowa Senator Jeff Danielson and Representative Bob Kressing, Team Technologies, Cedar Falls, Iowa.  July 25, 2007.  Suspended his campaign January 30, 2008Governor Bill Richardson after Meet and Greet, Warren County Administration Building, Indianola, Iowa. June 23, 2007.  Withdrew January 10, 2008Tommy Thompson after Breakfast Meeting, Johnson’s Family Restaurant, Elkader, Iowa.  April 26, 2008.  Withdrew July 12, 2007 after a poor finish in the Republican Straw PollCongressman Tom Tancredo after talking to with the Denison Cultural Diversity Forum, Denison, Iowa.  June 8, 2007.  Withdrew December 20, 2007Senator Chris Dodd after a Community Table Meeting. Steamboat Gardens Restaurant, Waterloo, Iowa.  July 5, 2007. Withdrew January 3, 2008 after poor showing in Iowa CaucusesSenator Brownback at Moundview Manor, Marion, Iowa.  June 11, 2007.  Withdrew October 19, 2007Mayor Rudy Guiliani, outside Morg’s Restaurant, Waterloo, Iowa. July 19, 2007.  Withdrew January 30, 2008Congressman Dennis Kucinich at the Cedar Rapids Farmers Market.  October 6, 2007.  Withdrew January 25, 2008John Cox, Dubuque County GOP Picnic, Dubuque, Iowa. June 24, 2008. Conceded that his nomination was a “lost cause”, December 19, 2007Congressman Duncan Hunter, House Party, Home of Steve and Kim Carlson hosted by the Iowa Christian Alliance, Sioux City, Iowa. July 21, 2007.  Withdrew January 19, 2008Daniel Gilbert candidate for We the People, Dubuque County GOP Picnic, Dubuque, Iowa. June 24, 2007. Randy Blankenship’s Trailer, Republican Straw Poll, Ames, Iowa. 
                       August,11, 2007
Look 'Em In The Eye: Iowa Caucus 2007-08
This work began simply enough with the realization that every four years I think I should photograph the lead up to the Iowa Caucuses. That there was not an incumbent or an obvious heir to the office and that both political parties had a large number of contenders made it much easier to pursue. The intention was to describe the hand shaking, the look ‘em in the eye nature of retail politics in Iowa.
There were pleasant surprises as I pursued the project. The first was recognizing how seriously Iowa voters take the caucus process. They attended event after event, came prepared to ask thoughtful questions and, yes, they did want to look each candidate in the eye and to get a sense of them. As a comparatively small, rural state Iowa affords a perfect venue for first hand appraisal of these people who would be President. These photographs comprise a pictorial civics lesson.
Another surprise was being welcomed as part of the “press corps” although I worked with an 8” x 10” format camera. I laughed as I watched the 35mm digital photographers dance around as they worked. Crowding into a press van with my equipment or joining a scrum of photographers gathered around a candidate had to be appreciated with a sense of humor as well.
The camera often functioned like a magnet drawing candidates to cooperate with being photographed. It provided an opportunity to remind Senator Obama that another Senator from Illinois credited his election to photography.
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