Small Towns, Big Stories

Sep 26, 2023 – Feb 10, 2024

State Historical Society of Missouri Art Gallery

605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 


Since 1949, professional photographers from around the country, including Missouri, have captured images of life in rural Missouri towns as part of the Missouri Photo Workshop, established at the Missouri School of Journalism. SHSMO is hosting an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the workshops. Visitors can study more than 100 images taken in 51 towns across the state over the past 75 years.

Each year, a town in Missouri is chosen as the host community. Workshop participants document a story with their cameras under the guidance of faculty who are some of the industry’s most prominent photographers and editors. The body of work then becomes part of an extensive archive of life in small-town Missouri. The exhibit is being supported by the Missouri School of Journalism, Miller’s Professional Imaging, and the Missouri Humanities Trust Fund.

There will be a closing reception Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Public is invited!