Journalist helping Joplin tornado victims

9:47 PM, Jul 29, 2011   |    comments
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By Casey Nolen

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A local journalist held a benefit for the victims of the Joplin tornado on the Delmar Loop.

Friday night's benefit was the first of its kind for a veteran photographer who has covered several disasters and always wanted to do something more to help those affected.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer J.B. Forbes, along with help from several of his colleagues, hosted the event at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.

Donations for Joplin were taken at the door. And Forbes auctioned off photos he took in the hours and days after the tornado.

After years of covering war and natural disasters, Forbes said he struggles with what more he can do to help those who are the subjects of his photos.

"Here I am watching other people work and try and save people, when I'm just taking their picture," Forbes said of his time in Joplin. "But at the same time, I know that my pictures are going to be seen by
hundreds, thousands of people and they are hopefully want to do something in response to my pictures.

"I don't have too many other skills that I can say that I could have done by going down there and helping. So, for me, this was our way of helping."

If it seems odd to purchase a disaster photo, the idea is that most people would donate the prints back to the City of Joplin as a record of what they've survived.

The Gallery will be open, and the photos can still be purchased Saturday at the St. Louis Regional Art Commission on Delmar.



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