Gage Skidmore

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Gage Skidmore
Born (1993-05-16) May 16, 1993 (age 27)
Years active2009–present
Known forPolitical photography Edit this at Wikidata

Gage Skidmore (born May 16, 1993)[1] is an American photographer and Creative Commons contributor known primarily for photographing American politicians.[1] Skidmore's work has been used by numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, the Associated Press and NPR.[2][3]


Skidmore attended high school in Indiana, later moving to Arizona where he attended Glendale Community College and Arizona State University.[2][4]


Photo of Barack Obama, taken by Skidmore in 2015
Photo of Donald Trump, taken by Skidmore in 2018

Skidmore began taking photographs in March 2009, at San Diego Comic Con.[5] The following year he photographed politicians at events organized by Rand Paul's campaign during the 2010 Senate election in Kentucky. Skidmore had supported Rand Paul's father, Ron Paul, during the 2008 presidential election. During Ron Paul's 2012 presidential bid, Skidmore took a year off school to photograph Paul and several prominent Republicans.[5][6] Skidmore is one of the most widely published political photographers in the United States.[7]

During the 2016 presidential election, Skidmore's photographs were used by The Atlantic, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and NPR, as well as on the official website of presidential candidate Donald Trump.[2][8]

Skidmore has also attended pop-culture conventions and photographed several Hollywood celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Samuel L. Jackson.[7][2] It is estimated that his photographs have been reposted one million times.[6] According to Priceonomics, he has posted nearly 40,000 photographs of presidential candidates and celebrities to Flickr since 2010, and his Flickr account has been linked to 30 million times.[2]

In addition to his Creative Commons work, Skidmore has been commissioned as a photographer by National School Choice Week, Western Journalism, the Conservative Review, and Reason magazine.[5]


  1. ^ a b Ellefson, Lindsay. "INTERVIEW: Here's the Photographer Whose Lens You've Seen the Election Through". Media-ite. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Zachary Crockett (January 22, 2016). "How a College Student Used Creative Commons to Dominate Political Photography". Priceonomics.
  3. ^ "About Gage Skidmore photography",
  4. ^ "Gage Skidmore - iSearch". Arizona State University. Archived from the original on January 1, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Michael Zhang (January 26, 2016). "This 22-Year-Old is Shaking Up Political Photography with Creative Commons Images", Petapixel.
  6. ^ a b Dan Kennedy (September 11, 2012). "How a 19-year-old student became one of the hottest political photographers in the country". NiemanLab.
  7. ^ a b Zach Montellaro (August 31, 2015). "The Most Prolific Political Photographer You've Never Heard Of". National Journal.
  8. ^ "Donald Trump website".

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