MPW.70 / 2018
Mountain Grove
JENNA KIESER / MPW.70


The 70th Missouri Photo Workshop participants, faculty, and crew gathered outside the workshop's headquarters for a group photo on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Mountain Grove, Mo. The 2018 workshop included 39 photographers from 18 U.S. states and 9 foreign countries.

Mountain Grove, Ozark Town

Thirty-nine photographers from 18 states and nine countries explored Mountain Grove, Mo., an Ozark town turned into a laboratory for improving research and visual story telling skills. What did they find?

- A philanthropist who provides jobs and shelter for those in need, as well as to make used furniture available at a reasonable price.

- Twin brothers who help on the family dairy farm while exceling in athletics at the local high school, and another set of 7-year-old twin brothers, loving each other in their process of growing up.

- A 73-year-old Japanese woman who considers Mountain Grove, not Tokyo, her home, after spending 40 years in Missouri.

- A woman who carefully preens her makeup and long blonde hair each morning before going to her job as a kill-in-the-field butcher.

- A family coming together at the death of the patriarch, honoring his service to his country and to his community even in their grief.

And more! The differences in politics between the photographers and the citizenry was dramatic; but more importantly, the more the two groups worked together, the more they discovered a common humanity and respect for each other.


Team Gilka
Faculty: Bill Marr & Melissa Farlow
Team Lee
Faculty: Kim Komenich & Alyssa Schukar
Faculty Jim Curley, Co-Director Brian Kratzer, Co-Director David Rees, Co-Director Duane Dailey, Director Emeritus Dennis Dimick Melissa Farlow MaryAnne Golon Torsten Kjellstrand Kim Komenich Bill Marr Mary Beth Meehan Kathy Moran Randy Olson Alyssa Schukar
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