Missouri Photo Workshop 67 - Hoeckele Brothers

In September, I attended the Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW). For 67 consecutive years, MPW has been documenting small-town America throughout the state of Missouri. This year, MPW came to Perryville, and I was accepted as a student. During one week, we are tasked to find a narrative story and photograph it. It starts with an introduction. Then ask. Dig. Ask again, dig some more. Students are taught by faculty who include accomplished editors, professors and photojournalists. Those faculty push us to really understand the people we photograph and the stories in front of the lens. Below is the story that I made.

STORY SUMMARY – “Recipe for Friendship” – Brothers Paul and Joe Hoeckele, born 20 months apart, are not only third-generation owners of Hoeckele’s Bakery, but they are also best friends and neighbors. Described as “independent individuals who live a simple life,” they understand the necessary ingredients to sustain a friendship and business that last a lifetime.