The year 2005 marked the inaugural class of the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame. The idea, developed by William L. “Bill” Miller Sr. became a reality on Oct. 20, 2005, with the opening of a gallery in Washington, MO. The building which housed the gallery was constructed in the mid-1800s near Miller’s newspaper, the Washington Missourian. Initially, the Photojournalism Hall of Fame was open with volunteer staff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. It displayed examples of work and a summary of each inductee’s contributions.
The Washington gallery closed Dec. 2014. Plaques and a majority of the pieces held in the Washington gallery were put into archives. A limited display was temporarily setup in a hallway leading to the journalism library in the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the campus of the University of Missouri. The display was complete Jan. 2015 and was designed and installed by Shelby Feistner, MPA; David Rees, chair, MU photojournalism faculty; and Hany Hawasly, recent Master’s graduate in photojournalism.
Missouri Press Foundation is working to find a permanent location for the Photojournalism Hall of Fame. A fund has been established with the Foundation, but more fundraising will be necessary before a permanent space becomes reality.
To help, please contact Melody Bezenek, Missouri Press Foundation director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A website www.photojournalismhalloffame.org has been created to house the names of past inductees and samples of their work.
Do you know a great photojournalist, with a connection to Missouri, who should be recognized for his or her work? A Photojournalism Hall of Fame nomination form can be downloaded here. The form can be filled electronically or by hand.
Nominations must be submitted by March 31.
The Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame endeavors to recognize those people who have made outstanding contributions to Missouri photojournalism, and to provide an exhibit venue to showcase these visual reporting pioneers, and the work of current photojournalist. The nomination process is open and nominees may be living or deceased. Send nominations to:
802 Locust Street • Columbia, MO 65201