Bob Modersohn is a freelance photographer based in Lansing, Iowa, following a long career as a staff shooter, recreation reporter and Midwest travel columnist for The Des Moines Register. Modersohn’s photographic work at the Register won the National Press Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year Runner-up Award twice. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography and was nominated six times for that award during his career. He received numerous awards from the Iowa Press Photographers Association and the Iowa Associated Press, including Iowa Press
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Photographer of the Year honors. Recently, Modersohn has written and photographed stories for Living the Country Life magazine and Chicago Tribune Sunday Travel, produced photography for Successful Farming magazine and Agri News. He has continued documentation of development of 1,031 acres of land into Iowa’s new urbanist Prairie Trail community, published a special edition book featuring construction of the Iowa Soybean Association’s new headquarters in Ankeny, written and photographed recreation and fitness stories for The Des Moines Register’s FIFTYsomething and Q magazines, and continues to cover renewable energy projects across the Midwest. In January of 2011 he covered the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Summit in Des Moines. When not on assignment Modersohn, or "Mode," is photographing landscapes and life along the Driftless Area. In 1985, Modersohn was part of a two-person team the Register sent to cover agriculture and conservation topics in drought and famine-stricken Ethiopia. The coverage won a World Hunger Media Award for the Register. In mid-career of newspapering, he joined the faculty of the National Press Photographers Association’s prestigious Flying Short Course, lecturing to audiences across the United States during one whirlwind week. His talk and slides on humor in photography are still part of the NPPA’s library.
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