news

photography

Putting a face to today's issues.

Hover over images to read their captions.

IMG_0795-3.jpg

Richard Budke, a Kansas wheat and cattle farmer, poses for a portrait on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. He said the past winter, known for its excess rain, flooding and intense cold, was one of his hardest seasons. “How are you going to fix that?" Budke said. "It’s been a hell of a year, let me put it that way.”

IMG_0613.jpg

The carcass of farmer Richard Budke's cow rots as his live cattle graze nearby on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. Budke lost 10 cattle over the winter due to extreme cold. The season's weather is linked to an increase in extreme weather cases around the world.

IMG_0652.jpg

Cattle wait expectantly to be fed by Kansas farmer Richard Budke on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. Budke had to bring his cattle into his garage last winter to protect them from abnormally frigid temperatures.

IMG_3793.jpg

An ABC Cafe employee runs with an extra chair above their head to accommodate more customers on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan. The authentic Chinese restaurant is frequently full on Sundays during dim sum.

IMG_3835.jpg

A young girl plays with her chopsticks while she and her mother wait for their food on Oct. 20, 2019, at ABC Cafe in Overland Park, Kan. 

IMG_3879.jpg

A check at ABC Cafe on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan. People around the Kansas City area head to the authentic Chinese restaurant to eat dim sum, or small dishes, on Sundays.

IMG_3842.jpg

My mom, Beth Kuta, unwraps sticky rice from a banana leaf at ABC Cafe in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 20, 2019.

IMG_3865-2.jpg

An ABC Cafe worker fills out a receipt next to takeout boxes waiting to be picked up by customers on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan.

DSC_8493.jpg
_DSC0241.jpg
_DSC0314.jpg
DSC_8554.jpg

Jack Lewis, right, applies blush to boyfriend Turner DeArmond before prom on April 25, 2021. Lewis did not accompany DeArmond to prom but still helped DeArmond put on makeup and pick out an outfit. “Prom isn’t really my thing,” Lewis said. “I do love an excuse to get dressed up, though.”

Turner DeArmond, right, and Emma Stefanutti wait for their turn to get their photo taken before prom on April 25, 2021, at The Clubhouse at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo. DeArmond said he felt comfortable attending his senior prom after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Turner DeArmond, right, talks to boyfriend Jack Lewis while he washes his face to get ready for prom on April 25, 2021, at Lewis’ apartment. DeArmond goes to Rock Bridge High School and was one of 15 prom “royalty” nominees. 

Turner DeArmond, left, rolls his eyes as boyfriend Jack Lewis refuses to kiss him on the lips to avoid spreading black lipstick on April 25, 2021, at Lewis’ apartment. "This photograph represents huge strides of progress in the past year where I didn’t imagine I’d ever see them," Lewis said. "I would have never guessed I’d see two men kissing, much less my partner and I, on the front page of a newspaper in Missouri out of all places…. I hope all of the queer kids out there see newspapers like that more frequently in the future and feel seen, like they’re not alone, because they aren’t."

Truman VA Medical Center Director Patricia Hall places a rose on the Missouri Exercise Tiger anchor memorial wall on April 28, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Hall brought COVID-19 vaccines to the ceremony for any attending veterans, their spouses or caretakers who wanted them.

IMG_2282-2.jpg

From left, Rennie Davis, Paul Kirchoff and Lt. David Bohannon present the Navy LST Anchor memorial wreath in front of the Audrain County Courthouse on April 28, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. This day recognized the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Exercise Tiger, a series of large-scale rehearsals that saw more than 700 American servicemen killed in preparation of the Allied invasion of Normandy.

IMG_2272.jpg
IMG_7727.jpg

Dakota Parkinson, a transfeminine artist, dips their hand into a mix of water and apple cider vinegar to help shape clay into a bowl on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson teaches beginner and mixed-level wheel-throwing classes at Access Arts in exchange for studio space.

IMG_7703.jpg

Dakota Parkinson logs the temperature inside their kiln while firing ceramic pieces on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson's background in chemistry helps them understand how changing the temperature and pressure of the oven affects the chemicals in the ceramics' clay.

IMG_7712.jpg

Dakota Parkinson holds a bowl with finger indents in the sides of it on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson, who began publicly transitioning in 2019, said she was not able to find her creativity until accepting their gender identity.

IMG_7767.jpg

Dakota Parkinson rests after finishing making a clay bowl on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson admitted it took them years to improve their wheel throwing skills due to the difficult nature of pottery work. "Clay is cruel," they said.

DSC09728.JPG

Jeanne Snodgrass, Mizzou Hillel executive director, leads a Havdalah prayer to conclude Yom Kippur, also known as the "Day of Atonement," on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Snodgrass said Yom Kippur is the most sacred day of the year for Jewish people, with most practicers "imitating death" by fasting.

DSC09748.JPG

A Havdalah candle rests on the table after being extinguished by wine during a Yom Kippur service Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at Mizzou Hillel in Columbia, Mo. Wine, a braided candle and spices are essential elements of this service which ends Shabbat and ushers in the new week.

IMG_4537.jpg

Contemporary dancers Annie Riffel, left, and Sam Amey make sure their body angles are uniform on Nov. 1, 2019, at Priscilla and Dana's Dance Studio in North Kansas City, Mo. Riffel and Amey have been training together since they were toddlers.

IMG_4484.jpg

Contemporary dancer Sam Amey hits a resting position on Nov. 1, 2019, at Priscilla and Dana's Dance Studio in North Kansas City, Mo. Amey works with her choreographers to experiment with unconventional movement and create a unique routine. 

IMG_0258.jpg

A Mizzou 600 leader stands in front of the Jesse Hall doors as a protest for racial justice on campus concludes on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo.

A Mizzou 600 member paces the first floor of Jesse Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Protest leaders continuously moved through the crowd to keep each other's energy up through the hot afternoon.

IMG_9864.jpg
IMG_9955.jpg

A protestor chants after speaking to a police officer on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Two officers occupied the building during the Mizzou 600 protest.

IMG_0080.jpg

A Mizzou 600 leader chants “We have nothing to lose but our chains” in the last few minutes of a protest for racial justice in Jesse Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. No protest participants released their full names to media in order to avoid punishment from MU administration.

IMG_9824.jpg

Protestors walk towards Jesse Hall to disrupt administrative business on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. The demonstration prompted multiple staff to come out of their offices and watch.

DSC_6113.jpg

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary student Isabella Spear, 9, searches for her coffee delivery destination on Friday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Spear joked that her mother warned her not to drink the coffee "because it'll make me crazy."

DSC_5997.jpg

Trinity Wright, 11, holds a hot chocolate order Friday at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in Columbia. This is Wright’s second year working at the Coffee Cart Club after the program took a pause last year because of COVID-19.

DSC_6047.jpg

From left, Damon Williams, 11, James Richardson, 10, and Isabella Spear, 9, hurry through the hallway to return money to the Coffee Cart Club on Oct. 3, 2021, at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in Columbia. Isabella says she loves delivering coffee to her teachers. “My mom said ‘Stay away from coffee!’ but I tried to sneak some anyways.”

DSC_5991.jpg

Damon Williams, 11, left, and James Richardson, 10, pour sugar into cups for the Coffee Cart Club on Friday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in Columbia, Mo. The club delivers drinks to teachers and staff around the school and teaches its student workers math and business skills. The coffee cart is in its third year of operation at the school.

DSC_6116.jpg

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary Assistant Principal Kelly Isenogle, right, helps Isabella Spear, 9, calculate how much change is due after paying for a Coffee Club drink in Columbia. “The club lets them bond between classes, and it’s a great educational experience," Isenogle said.

IMG_0622.jpg

Drew Kelley, 4, looks at a dead bat preserved in a jar of formaldehyde Friday at the CPS Science Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. The event was held to help raise funds for CPS Science’s adventure trips to the Smoky Mountains and Wyoming. “We’re big fans of CPS Science,” Kelley’s mother said. “We’re just waiting for the kids to get big enough to go on on these trips.”

IMG_0793.jpg

A jack-o’-lantern sits on the path of the Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. More than 120 pumpkins were collectively donated by Hy-Vee, Peach Tree Farms, Columbia Public Schools teachers and Audubon Society members, said Mike Szydlowski, the K-12 science coordinator for CPS who organized the event.

IMG_0557.jpg

Lizette Somer, MU Raptor Rehabilitation Project volunteer, prepares Baylor, an eastern screech owl, to greet the first Crepuscular Creep attendees on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. The owl lost its left eye after getting hit by a car and flying into a barbed-wire fence, but it is now used for educating the public on wildlife conservation efforts.

IMG_0737.jpg

Crepuscular Creep attendees wearing Halloween costumes walk along a wet path through the Audubon Nature Sanctuary on Oct. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. The event was postponed a day to try and avoid the rain, but over 200 people still attended despite the weather.

IMG_0874.jpg

Sofia Soria, 5, gazes at Baylor, an eastern screech owl, at the first of three educational stops on Oct. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Soria, who learned that many owls freeze like statues as a defense mechanism, said the owl was “Super cool. Kind of spooky.”

IMG_0891.jpg

Families walk back to their cars after finishing the Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. The streets leading to the entrance of the path were flooded with cars during the event’s busiest point. More than 200 people attended despite the rainy weather.

DSC_4710.jpg

Salvation Army bell ringer Billy Miller hugs his arm toward his chest to stay warm on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. Despite standing in the snow on the season's first day of bell ringing, Miller says he does not mind the cold.

DSC_4659.jpg

A Salvation Army red kettle sits unattended on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. The Salvation Army had a shortage of volunteers this year to greet shoppers and potential donors.

DSC_4747.jpg

Michael Owens, who works at the Salvation Army thrift store but volunteers as a bell ringer during the holiday season, watches shoppers pass by on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. Owens says this is the first year he has noticed the Salvation Army passing out fliers to recruit more bell ringers.

20201103_ELNphotos_AS_079.jpg
20201103_ELNphotos_AS_158.jpg
20201103_ELNphotos_AS_279.jpg
20201103_ELNphotos_AS_130.jpg

Tamnia Cobb, right, high fives her daughter, Ne’vaeh, 8, after turning in her vote on election day Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Benton Elementary School in Columbia, Mo. Cobb wants Ne’vaeh, whose name is “Heaven” spelled backwards, to remember being a part of this “historic” election. “It could go good or it could go really bad,” Cobb said. “For some reason it’s not about what’s right or wrong this time, it’s about the parties.”

Alyce Turner, 71, steps back from putting up Democrats’ campaign signs up as far as the poll workers would allow on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Activity and Recreation Center in Columbia, Mo. “I’m Jewish and my family is from the Holocaust,” Turner said. “They say it’s like we’re back in the ‘30s right now. I’ve got a grandchild on the way and I’m not about to let them come into a world with Trump, you know?”

Bob McLeod, 80, has been voting since the 1960s and continued the practice on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. McLeod, pictured here outside of Daniel Boone Regional Library, encourages other voters to come out. “You can’t complain if you don’t vote,” he said.

Voters fill the Daniel Boone Regional library on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. The line went out the door until around 7:30 a.m., but by 8 a.m., voters were in and out of the building in less than 20 minutes.

alvin7.jpg

An Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater student waits for the "big kids" class to end on Nov. 10, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Alvin Ailey focuses on African-American dance styles, including modern, hip-hop and Afro.

alvin8.jpg

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater student Laila Atkins holds up two fists, following her dance instructor's commands on Nov. 10, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. The series of commands walked students through traditional African dance movements.

2018-06-18_21-23-35_344.jpg

"March For Our Lives" organizer Cameron Kasky walks through press June 18. Kasky gained his platform as a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor. photo by Amy Schaffer

2018-03-24_17-00-07_283.jpg

A girl stands against the barriers of the "March For Our Lives" rally Mar. 24. Kansas City participated in the gun restriction movement at Frank A. Theis Park. photo by Amy Schaffer

2018-03-24_17-11-12_012.jpg

A girl stands in the "March For Our Lives" rally Mar. 24. Kansas City protesters advocated for gun control following several 2018 school school shootings. photo by Amy Schaffer

IMG_3113.jpg

March For Our Lives organizer Cameron Kasky walks through press at a town hall on June 18, 2018, in Kansas City, Kan. Kasky has been advocating for gun control after surviving the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

A young girl wearing a sign carries a bottle of chocolate milk through a protest against gun violence on June 18, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. The protest was one of hundreds held across the United States by March For Our Lives.

A young girl stands at the front of a March For Our Lives protest on March 24, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. The protest calling for gun control followed a series of school shooting across the U.S.

A Sunrise Movement volunteer leads a "Green New Deal" chant at a climate protest on Sept. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Protesters shouted "fossil fuels have got to go" while marching from James A Theis Park to the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

University of Missouri freshman Jessica Zhang places candles by the names of Asian Americans who were killed in a shooting on March 19, 2021, in Atlanta, Ga. MU students hosted a vigil to honor the victims on their campus.

IMG_0888.jpg