“State Fare” is an ongoing project exploring America’s state fairs through its food. Local agriculture, livestock, farm equipment, and competitions are the base of fairs around the country. But between butter sculptures, pie baking, and vegetable gardening exhibits, are fair-goers willing to brave the summer crowds to bite into nostalgic treats. Fair food is a phenomenon all its own, and the fact that it can only be found here makes it special. Butter-drenched corn on the cob, hot turkey legs, giant corn dogs, and ice cream straight from the diary cow are classic fare, but what people love the most is that anything and everything can be fried and skewered to be transported from the Ferris wheel to the quilting exhibit.
David Williams is a photographer from Denver, Colorado, now living in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and their two cats. His bold use of color and interest in the documentation of modern life is often at the forefront of his work. David’s personal projects focus on unconventional subjects and stories, which range from Sasquatch hunters in Northern California to horticulture societies in England. His editorial portraits and food photographs are often found in the pages of The New Yorker, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, AARP, and many others.