Missouri Photo Workshop Focuses on Excelsior Springs

Previous Missouri Photo Workshop participants, via the Missouri Photo Workshop Facebook Page

Every year over the past eight decades the Missouri Photo Workshop has visited a small Missouri town with the goal of documenting everyday life there. This year’s workshop, the 74th, will be held in Excelsior Springs, MO September 18th to 25th, 2022. Legendary University of Missouri journalism professor Cliff Edom founded the workshop in 1949; and Excelsior Springs will be hosting the workshop for the first time and adding to this unique and historic archive.

Photographers from around the United States and the world will work to visually tell the stories of the people and institutions that come together to make a community. The workshop, directed by Brian Kratzer and Alyssa Schukar — with the help of a dozen talented faculty members and a team of University of Missouri students — focuses on the fundamentals of researching, shooting, and editing photo stories while emphasizing ethical practices. MPW headquarters for the week will be located in The Montgomery Event Venue, 425 S. Thompson Ave.

Invitations are now out to 40 photographers who will spend the week working to capture images that tell their subject’s story. It’s a fully immersive experience and participants often work dawn to dusk photographing and then spend the evening hours in educational and critique sessions at MPW
headquarters. Photographers will be searching out stories about the people and places that make up the complex fabric of the Excelsior Springs community. Already photographers have been reaching out to the Citizen to familiarize themselves with the community prior to their arrival.

At the end of the project the Missouri Photo Workshop will publish a book containing all the features on the community.

Recent workshop participants have come from all corners of the U.S. and distant parts of the world, and this year is no different. Prospective photographers for MPW.74 will again travel from all parts of the U.S.; and from nations as far away as New Zealand and Thailand, and as close as Canada and Venezuela. The workshop has historically been a blend of young photographers looking to gain experience and mid-career professionals hoping to sharpen and refresh their documentary skills.

The workshop faculty is composed of a dozen veteran editors and photojournalists who advise the photographers throughout the week. These faculty members represent the top publications in the news industry and are among the most talented photographers, editors and educators working in
journalism today.

A group of 17 University of Missouri photojournalism students will staff the workshop. This student staff will download, archive and print around 400 of the roughly 16,000 digital images made during the week. Those 400 photos will form a public exhibit for Excelsior Springs area residents on Saturday, September 24th.

For more information about MPW please visit the website at www.missouriphotoworkshop.org
The Missouri School of Journalism, the Missouri Press Association Foundation, and Canon sponsor the workshop.

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