Photojournalism Students Capture Life in Macon
Photographers from MU's School of Journalism visit north-central Missouri city to hone their story-telling skills while adding images to an archive that documents small town life.
Macon was the site for the 62nd annual Missouri Photo Workshop, the world's first and oldest documentary photojournalism workshop.
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 62nd Missouri Photo Workshop included participants from 12 foreign countries.