MPW.71 / Boonville
Gemina Garland-Lewis / MPW.71
Boonville, River Town

Thirty-nine photographers from 16 states, four countries and the District of Columbia explored Boonville, Mo., a Missouri River town turned into a laboratory for improving research and visual story telling skills. The workshop has been here before; MPW.5 in 1953 and MPW.50 in 1998. What did they find?

- A YouTube family who lives somewhat off the grid, but really defines their lifestyle as they choose.

- A recently-widowed man who is coming to terms with his loss.

- A boy with his own super powers.

- And even a large animal vet who was not only photographed for a story in 1998, but opened his life up once again in 2019.

And more! Three workshops in the same town, separated by decades, provided a unique look into the world's largest archive of the changing canvas of small town America. This was evident in the final public show where hundreds of Boonville residents viewed the three sets of prints, taking away a deeper understanding of history and of themselves.

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The Missouri Photo Workshop has been documenting small town America for over six decades. Learn about the history of the workshop and the philosophy of its founder Cliff Edom, the father of photojournalism.

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MPW.71 Faculty

Dennis Dimick
Eyes on Earth

Melissa Farlow
Freelance Photographer

MaryAnne Golon
The Washington Post

Torsten Kjellstrand
University of Oregon

Kim Komenich
San Francisco State University

Jim Curley

David Rees

Becky Lebowitz Hanger
The New York Times

Randy Olson
Freelance Photographer

Lois Raimondo
West Virginia University

Alysssa Schukar
Freelance Photographer

Denny Simmons
Evansville Courier & Press/The Gleaner

Brian Kratzer

Duane Dailey
Director Emeritus


See where in Missouri the workshop has traveled to before and explore images and stories from the past 64 years of documenting rural America. Where will the Missouir Photo Workshop head to next?

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