At the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Columbia and after viewing the work of the inductees, it reminded us again the fact that photojournalists record history with their photos.
The cover on the program was a picture of Richard Nixon, then a U.S. senator, campaigning in 1952 in Cape Girardeau. He was standing in a convertible, and along with his wife, Pat, and holding the door of the car, was Rush H. Limbaugh Jr., county Republican chairman. The picture was made by Garland Fronabarger, one of the 2017 inductees into the Hall of Fame.
The picture brought memories that are history. Nixon brought his vice presidential campaign to Missouri and, as we all should know, later became president. He resigned the presidency due to the Watergate cover-up scandal. We all know photos tell a story. They also record history.
What would our newspapers be without photos? They would be incomplete. The same is true of magazines. Photos entice people to buy print products.
The Hall of Fame for photojournalists brings to the forefront the impressive men and women who, with their cameras, give us an understanding of what happened at events, both tragic and pleasant, showing us happiness and sorrow, and peaceful and troubling times.
The Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame is the only one of its kind in the country. No other state has a Hall of Fame to recognize photojournalists who lived and worked, or began their careers, in that state.
And, it all began in Washington in 2005. The Hall was in Washington for 10 years before it was moved to Columbia at the MU School of Journalism.