Visual history of Columbia captured by student
COLUMBIA (AP) - A University of Missouri-Columbia photojournalism student has recreated a well-known series of photos from 1949.
Student Jillian Vondy was inspired by the original Missouri Photo Workshop and spent a semester re-shooting the images that were part of it.
The Columbia Missourian reports that Clifton "Cliff" Edom came up with the idea of the workshop to lure professionals to Columbia. Edom, often credited as the "Father of Photojournalism," worked from 1943 to 1972 to establish a photojournalism program at MU.
A Depression-era Farm Security Administration effort to visually depict the devastation of the Dust Bowl inspired the workshop project.
Twenty-three professional and amateur photographers from 10 states and Canada were assembled for the workshop. Their assignment was to photograph the city of Columbia as it appeared to their eyes.