For more than six decades the Missouri Photo Workshop has challenged photographers to document the changing face of small town America. Over those 66 years, Students have gathered in 46 cities across the state for a rigorous, week-long workshop in photo research, shooting and editing, all guided and overseen by distinguished faculty members, many of whom are today’s leading photo editors and photographers. This year the workshop hosted students and faculty late last month in Platte City, Mo. Students were given a maximum of 400 frames to shoot an entire essay.

One of the distinguished talents to emerge from the workshop was photojournalist Michelle Siu from Toronto. Her series from the workshop, “Twilight on Bradley Farm,” was awarded the Team Eppridge award, led by Washington Post director of photography MaryAnne Golon and Alan Berner, long-time staff photographer at the Seattle Times.

Siu is certainly no stranger to the award circuit, having already distinguished herself as someone to watch by winning the Unicef Photo of the Year award (2014) and Photojournalist of the Year (Canada, 2013) among many prestigious other honors.  Siu’s delicate, quiet reportage of a 94-year old farmer in Weston, Mo., and his 93-year old wife chronicled the life of the lone farmer, who still works and tends to his 450 acres of land despite his age and the proliferation of large-scale farms. Charles Bradley, or “Mr. Charles,” and his wife, Mary, were married on March 8, 1941. Despite Mary Bradley’s bouts of dementia, the two continue to live in the home in which Charles was born and to run the farm that has been in the Bradley family since 1883.

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