The Farmington Public Library currently displays photos taken by Larry Braun of Benton.
A native of St. Mary’s, Braun says small towns are in his blood.
“I started taking pictures when I was in the Navy in the 1970s,” he said. “I was on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. I took pictures for a newspaper in Cape Girardeau for a few years.
“I changed my interest in chemistry, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University, and found a job at the New Madrid Power Plant as a chemist and j ‘worked there for 34 years. As retirement approached, I rekindled my interest in photography. I started taking pictures around 2007 or 2008. ”
Braun focuses on the architecture of small towns. He started with Ste. Geneviève due to the historic buildings and joined the Ste. Guild of the Arts of Geneviève.
“There are some very good artists in this group,” he said. “Dianne Dickerson had me do this exhibit in Farmington. They wanted a theme that went with the bicentennial of Missouri, and I think my little towns in Southeast Missouri fit into that.
“I have pictures of 50 small towns in Southeast Missouri. Almost every county seat south of St. Louis, east of Carter County to Bootheel.
Braun has a photo-based book. He also had three photos selected for the My Missouri Photo Contest in commemoration of the bicentennial.