It was an interest in a roommate's 3F Leica that prompted MPW co-director Jim Curley to pick up a camera. He began by documenting his neighborhood and 11 years later, Curley realized that he was working to support his photographic habit and went to the University of Missouri to study in photojournalism. His newspaper career includes positions at the St. Joseph News Press and the Columbia Daily Tribune. He has also worked for the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU extension since 1986, making photographs for a variety of publications and teaching in the Agricultural Journalism sequence. In addition, Curley had done editorial freelance work for a variety of clients including Agence France Presse. His work has been published in many college and extension publications and regularly in a variety of weekly and daily newspapers in Missouri, as well as in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and New York Times , TIME, Walking, and WEST magazine.