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Published October 30, 2017
More than 40 years after he graduated, Larsh Bristol is still positively affecting students at the University of Wyoming.
On Friday, UW’s Department of Communication and Journalism (COJO) unveiled the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship exhibit in Ross Hall on the fourth floor. Bristol was a 1974 UW journalism graduate who died in 2006.
At the ceremony, Kappy Bristol, Larsh’s sister, thanked all those who have supported the fellowship, which allows one student per year to pursue a photojournalism project during the summer.
“His main passion was people,” Bristol says. “He thought it was important that his photographs say something to everybody and give you an opportunity to really think about yourself, too.”
Kendie Hartman, UW alumna and one of the founders of the fellowship, also spoke.
“When Larsh passed away, he was too important of a person to all of us for us not to try to figure out something to do to fill the hole for us,” she says. “The fellowship is a way to honor his life's passion and keep his memory alive.”
Will Wise, a junior journalism major from Jackson and current winner of the fellowship, spoke about his project, “In the Bed of a Truck: Documenting the Challenges of Summer Workers in Jackson Hole,” and showed several examples of his work.
“Many young people who want to live in Jackson have to make a choice between having a place or saving money,” Wise says. The community’s housing problem has been around for many years, but often people ignore it, so many temporary workers have to live in their vehicles.
After Wise finished talking, Bristol pulled the cover off the case to unveil the memorial. The memorial showcases both Larsh’s work and mementos, as well as examples from five students who previously won the award.
For more information about the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship or about the display, email COJO Department Head Cindy Price Schultz at email@example.com.