History of MPWThe roots of the Missouri Photo Workshop are embedded firmly in
a half-century of rich tradition; current workshops carry on principals
present from the beginning.
When the late Clifton C. Edom of the Missouri School of Journalism, pictured at right,
founded the Missouri Photo Workshop in 1949, he too, looked to the
past to map the path for photojournalism's future. Inspired by the
gritty, content-rich photographs of the documentary photo unit of
the pre-WWII Farm Security Administration, Edom promoted research,
observation and timing as the methods to make strong story-telling
photographs. FSA director Roy Stryker and photographer Russell Lee
worked closely with Edom in the creation of the Workshop and served
as faculty members during its early years.
In subsequent years, faculty members have been many of America’s
leading newspaper and magazine photographers and photo editors;
a roster of faculty and students reads like a Who’s Who of
photojournalism. Faculty of today includes some of the most energetic,
productive and articulate documentarians currently working. All
are experts dedicated to passing on the fundamentals of photo research,
shooting and editing to those who hope to carry on these values
and techniques in the future.
The workshop still follows Cliff Edom's credo - "Show truth
with a camera. Ideally truth is a matter of personal integrity.
In no circumstances will a posed or fake photograph be tolerated."
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