Keeping Count

Nearly 20 years ago, I attended the Missouri Photo Workshop, a week-long documentary photography class run by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Started in 1949, the workshop sends dozens of students and faculty to a different small Missouri town each year to spend a week telling stories. The year I went, we were in Trenton, Mo. The story I found was about David Schafer and Alice Dobbs, a young couple who were running a small farm with sheep, beef cattle, chickens and pigs. This is one of my favorites from the story; Alice got up on a fence post to count sheep in the pasture. It was also featured on the cover of the university’s alumni magazine a few years later, marking the workshop’s 50th anniversary!

Archival Quality is a series looking at Geoff Hansen’s favorite photos from over 30 years as a photographer.


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