Free tuition for Missouri Photo Workshop available to MPA members

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Contact: Brian Kratzer, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Phone: 573-356-2347
Date: June 3, 2022

Free tuition for Missouri Photo Workshop available to MPA members

Application deadline is June 15.

The Missouri Photo Workshop is now accepting applications from Missouri journalists interested in working on a photo story under the guidance of some of the top photo editors in the nation. This year, we’ll be in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. The dates are Sept. 18-24. Forty photographers will be accepted.

As a member of the Missouri Press Association, you or your staff member’s $600 tuition and lodging would be waived thanks to the foundation’s support. We are reserving a couple slots for our in-state papers. If accepted, the photographer would be in Excelsior Springs during the week of September 18-24, 2022.

Part of the application process requires a letter of recommendation. Publishers and managing editors are encouraged to support the time commitment.

The application deadline is June 15. The letters, resume and portfolio can be submitted via the ‘apply’ section on the website:

About the workshop: The roots of the Missouri Photo Workshop are embedded firmly in 72 years of rich tradition; current workshops carry principals present from the beginning.

When the late Clifton C. Edom of the Missouri School of Journalism 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 faked photograph be tolerated.”

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