David Bowman and the Minnesota State Fair


Cheese curds. Butter sculptures. Baby animals. What’s not to love? Every year, more than 1.5 million people gather together for one great reason: the Minnesota State Fair. Since 1859, the Great Minnesota Get-Together has run for 12 days leading up to and through Labor Day.

Each year, new food is announced. Known for its on-a-stick cuisine, vendors keep getting more and more creative. (Deep fried ribs, kimchi n’ curry poutine or Sriracha balls, anyone?) But there’s more to do than just eat. Seed art, the Miracle of Birth barn and Machinery Hill are perfect for guests of all ages and interests.

Of course, a state fair wouldn’t be complete without amusement rides. Minneapolis-based artist David Bowman managed to capture the spirit of the fair in his series of images, seen above. A world traveler with Midwestern roots, David Bowman grew up in Chicago and now has a studio in Minneapolis. Bowman is a member of National Geographic Creative and his work has appeared in Vanity Fair, TIME, ELLE Decor, National Geographic and Dwell. His series of long-exposure images of the Minnesota State Fair were taken in 2008 and were featured as a part of National Geographic’s 125th anniversary edition in 2013. Most recently, MPR also featured a story on David’s series.

We are excited to announce that David has won top honors in the American Photography Awards, the PDN Photo Annual and the International Photography Awards for his “Electric Avenue” collection featuring these Minnesota State Fair prints. Congratulations, David!

Shop these State Fair photographs now.

Image by Room & Board

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