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When I was seven, my grandmother gave me a little Brownie camera. I put my eye to the view finder and was hooked. I have been making photographs ever since. I come from a family of artists, who encouraged me to experiment in all art forms and allowed me to take my film to the local drug store for processing and printing.

All through college, where I studied painting and printmaking at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, and design at the architectural school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, I made photographs, but did not take it seriously until 1970, when a camera and darkroom came together in the same house.

I organize my work around projects, both small and short term and large and long term. My camera goes with me everywhere: to Lake Michigan, to the Michigan dunes, to Midwestern country mills and churches, of a red shed in a wheat field, across the Eads Bridge, along Route 66, of wetlands created by the Mississippi River, to the canyons of the Missouri Ozarks, to the Pacific Ocean along California 1, into the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

I turn the large projects into books:

The Eads Bridge

Years ago the great documentary filmmaker, Charles Guggenheim, set his camera on the front of a steam engine and revealed the structure of great steel arch of the rail deck of the Eads Bridge at St. Louis. I saw the film and knew that one day I would go there. My first, The Eads Bridge: Photographic Essay by Quinta Scott; Historical Appraisal by Howard S. Miller documented the intricacies of the steel arch bridge. I bought an old Speed Graphic to photograph the dust jacket of the book. The images of the Eads Bridge can be found at TheEadsBridge.com.

Route 66

With the bridge book published, I took the Speed Graphic, which uses 4 x 5 film, out on Watson Road in St. Louis, and started making photographs of old motels and gas stations. When I realized that Watson Road had once been Route 66, I knew I had a great idea: Working with Susan Croce Kelly, I traveled the old highway, photographing the buildings and taking oral histories from the people who invented Route 66 and made their livings on the roadside. We published Route 66: The Highway and its People. It is the first and most definitive book on U.S. Highway 66.

Several years later I published Along Route 66: The Architecture of America's Highway, a history of the architecture along the old road. The images from this project can be found at AlongRoute66.com.

The Mississippi

I always wanted to do a book on the Mississippi River. I found the book along Mississippi 1, when I stopped, stepped in my first nest of fire ants, and made a photograph of an old oxbow of the river. I published The Mississippi: A Visual Biography, 200 color photographs of wetlands created by the river as it meandered across its floodplain, headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. The images from this project can be found at MississippiRiverPhotographs.com.

Missouri Rocks

I am currently working on a project I call Missouri Rocks, using Missouri's geological column to organize a series of images on the Ozark Landscape. The images from this project can be found at MissouriRocks-Site.com.



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