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’100 Ages, A Century of Voices’ Shares the Stories of Those Between the Ages of 1 and 100

October 1, 2013

Two University of Missouri School of Journalism students have created a multimedia exhibit documenting the stories of Boone County residents.  This project involved collaboration among undergraduates, master’s students and MU faculty.

Story by: Gwen Girsdansky

Missouri School of Journalism photojournalism student Alyssa Goodman was walking to her internship at Xinhua News Agency of China in Brussels during the summer of 2012 when she passed an exhibition of 200 large portraits lining the sidewalk. There were 100 male and 100 female photos for each age 1 to 100. The display impressed Goodman.

When Goodman returned to Missouri for the fall semester, she combined her lingering interest in the display with an assignment in her editing class. Goodman interviewed Edouard Janssens, the photographer who created the series, to learn about his inspiration for the project. One of the points Janssens made during the interview was that the exhibit was missing the subjects’ voices. The viewers only saw portraits, and these didn’t communicate the peoples’ stories.

Goodman shared her conversation with her classmates, and one of them, photojournalism master’s student Katie Alaimo, took an interest in the project. The two decided to adapt the project by using documentary-style videos so those included could tell their own story.

Now, “100 Ages, A Century of Voices” is a reality. It was published in the Columbia Missourian and is on display until Oct. 25 in the McDougall Center Gallery in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism. The community will come together to celebrate the project and meet some of the people behind the stories from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant in Columbia.

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