"The best pitches had layers that you could peel back."
Rhonda Prast / MPW.62
"Honor thy impulse." —Kim Komenich / MPW.62
Macon, in north-central Missouri was the site for the 62nd annual Missouri Photo Workshop. It is the first time MPW has visited Macon.
Pioneers were first attracted to the area because of the prospect of honey, on the Bee Trace. Now it's known as the City of Maples - coined after the 1872 donation of 10,000 trees in lieu of $116 of back taxes by John Beaumont. The county seat of Macon County, it's the home of the Lolly brothers exotic animal auction house and a ConAgra Foods plant, the POET ethanol plant and many small one-owner businesses. Thirty-nine photographers, a dozen faculty and 15 digital darkroom crewmembers created a photojournalism documentary "machine" - where photographers researched stories that were approved by and guided by the faculty members, with the support of 15 Missouri School of Journalism students.
The Missouri Photo Workshop, the world's first and oldest documentary photojournalism workshop, is international in its sphere of influence, and this year included participants from 12 foreign countries.