Alma Photographer Gus Meier–Student Report

Heather Tosh, senior in art history, stands with Mrs. Donna Reuter of Alma, Kansas. They are
working together to create a written record of the work of pioneering Alma photographer
Gus Meier. Heather has studied photography at KSU and is very interested in writing about Mr. Meier,
who had a studio in Alma for many years. His photographs, some taken with a box camera set up in the
snow, are featured at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Museum in Alma, where these two
researchers are standing.  The actual cameras Mr. Meier used are on display, an aspect that fascinates
Heather.

She learned that Mrs. Reuter knew the family through her husband’s side. Together, they are putting
together a study of this fine early photographer for Chapman Center’s Lost Kansas Communities class.


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