Local photographers featured in OzarksWatch magazine

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
This photo, with the locally famous Redheads Girls’ Basketball Team in background, was one of thousands taken by the late Cassville photographers Ma and Pa Fields, who are featured in the winter issue of OzarksWatch magazine for their photography of the Ozarks region in the last century. Contributed photo

Ma and Pa Fields highlighted for photos in past century

Popular and beloved Cassville photographers, the late F.O. and Cleo Fields, affectionately locally known as Ma and Pa Fields, are featured in the new issue of OzarksWatch Magazine, which highlights the work of a number of professional men and women from across the Ozarks who photographed the region over the past century.

The couple, who began as itinerant photographers in the 1920s before settling in Cassville in 1933, were known for their photographs of the local people and of activities at Roaring River State Park. Their work is available to the public and can be found in the Fields Photo Archives at the Barry County Museum in Cassville.

The late Cassville photographers F.O. and Cleo Fields, affectionally locally known as Ma and Pa Fields, are featured in OzarksWatch magazine, which highlights the work of professional men and women in the Ozarks who photographed the region in the past century. The photo was published in the magazine. Contributed photo

F.O. and Cleo Fields were assisted in their photography business by son, Max Fields.

Among other photographers featured in the issue are J.H. Field of Fayetteville, whose misty, artistic photos in the 1920s earned him a national reputation; Mary St. John of Ozark who was an early Kodak photo-hobbyist; Oscar Carter, who, besides being a photographer operated an early movie theatre in Crane; Eldon photographer Vergie Wright, whose story is told through the world of her granddaughter, Kate, also a professional photographer; and Springfieldians Domino Danzero, commercial photographer Harry Morgan, and photojournalist Betty Love. Together, these men and women left a legacy of twentieth century Ozark life.

OzarksWatch is published twice a year by the Ozarks Studies Institute of Missouri State University Libraries. To find out how to get a copy or to subscribe, go to https://ozarkswatch.missouristate.edu.

For more information, or to have a copy of OzarksWatch mailed to you, contact Susan Croce Kelly, managing editor at susancrocekelly@gmail.com, or call 573-569-1585.

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