This is the Tumblr of Ben Hoste, a non-fiction
photographer in Brooklyn, New York.
I am returning to Plato, Missouri to continue working on a long term project to photograph the rural town of 109 that sits at the exact center of the U.S. population.
I am making a photo zine when I return and would love to share it with you.
We have already reached our goal, however, we can only make as many zines as there are backers. So if you would like a zine please consider backing before the deadline on Monday.
From the Kickstarter campaign:
A new photo zine (a self-published photo book) of photographs from an upcoming week-long trip to Plato, Missouri from Sept. 30 - Oct. 7. The zine will include photographs and stories from the town at the exact center of the U.S. population.
The goal of this trip is to continue working on a larger, decade long project to document the small town of Plato, which sits atop the exact center of the U.S. population (based on the 2010 U.S. Census). I began this project in 2012 and plan to continue photographing until the completion of the 2020 U.S. Census.
Support from this Kickstarter campaign is critical to help make continued work on this project possible and will also provide the funding needed to produce a photo zine featuring the next chapter of this story.
A nice little write up and slideshow of a few images from Good Earth Der Greif, a project I’m putting the final touches on about Missouri’s Old Lead Belt.
Ben Hoste’s documentary project Good Earth: Missouri’s Old Lead Beltpeers into life around Missouri’s shuttered lead mines. A self described “non-fiction photographer” Hoste is “interested in what it means to live in a community established and defined by an industry that no longer exists, especially one that is so tied to the land itself”.
Hoste is completing a trilogy of projects based in Missouri:Plato,Good Earth, andthe Sinews of Peace.
Thank you to Matt Rahner for writing about my work. You can see some recent work from Matt on Der Greif as well.
Bob Morgan, March 30, 1925 - August 26, 2014. I was saddened to learn today of Bob’s passing earlier this week. During my visits to Plato, Mo. in 2012 Bob was incredibly welcoming and energetic, especially considering he was 87 at the time. Here he is showing me one of the many walking sticks he carved from branches on his property, T Bar Ranch. Bob was a cowboy, an Army cryptographer in the Pacific during WWII, and a fireman. He could build anything and rigged a log splitter to bend steel pipes in order to build a barn on his property—singlehandedly in his 70s. He was married for over 60 years. Bob, you’re will be missed.
Over a century of unrestricted subsurface lead and zinc mining literally undermined Picher, OK (along with Treece, KS), which has since become a ghost town. High levels of toxins have also contaminated the soil and water.
Artist and musician Greer McGettrick in her apartment in the Mission. For some reason I only just now stumbled across this interview she did with Vice almost a year ago (which is a fun little read).