St. Louis once had an extremely vibrant and internationally recognized photographic community. Photo Flood Saint Louis is interested in helping to reestablish that connection between photographers, and exists as a platform for photographic expression capable of reaching a wide audience.
Photo Flood Saint Louis has an enormous amount of pride for St. Louis. We are very interested in improving the perception of STL, which we do by emphasizing what makes each neighborhood that we photograph, and every organization that we partner with, special. The opportunity to share what we love about the city is what brings us together each month, when we invade parts of town to record it in a surge of imagery. Before each Flood, a map is drawn and parameters are set for the group to cover. After the event, a selection of the best images are uploaded here.
Our group has an extremely varied membership, including both professional and amateur photographers. To join, simply click on the Register icon at the top right of this page. Doing so will walk you through the process of creating a member profile, and logging into Photo Flood Saint Louis’ virtual community. Members receive exclusive information on official events and contests, as well as, access to job postings and exhibition opportunities. Membership to PFSTL will always be free.
Photo Flood Saint Louis draws information from many sources, ranging from that published by neighborhood associations to full manuscripts by some of the area’s best known author-historians.
Printed Reference Sources (partial list):
1. Adam Arenson; The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War; 2011.
2. William Faherty; St. Louis: A Concise History; 2004.
3. Adele Heagney; Historic Photos of St. Louis; 2007.
4. Joel Meyerowitz; St. Louis & The Arch; 1981.
5. Eleanore Berra Marfisi; Saint Louis Italians: The Hill and Beyond; 2012.
6. Frederick A. Hodes; Beyond the Frontier: A History of St. Louis; 2004.
7. Planning and Urban Design Agency; St. Louis Gateway Mall Master Plan; 2009.
8. James Neal Primm; Lion of the Valley: St. Louis, Missouri, 1764-1980; 1998.
9. Logan Uriah Reavis; Saint Louis: the future great city of the world, 2nd edition; 2011.
10. Elizabeth McNulty; St. Louis Then and Now; 2000.
11. The Images of America (Tower Grove Park, The Irish, Soulard, etc.); 2000-2013.
12. Robert Sharoff; American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design; 2011.
13. Janet L. Abu-Lughod; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles: America’s Global Cities; 2000.
14. John Gossage; Secrets of Real Estate; 2008.
15. Thomas Crone & Bob Reuter; Portraits Along the River: Working in the City of St. Louis; 2004.
16. Patrick Mccarthy & Tom Maday; After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis; 2000.
17. Planning and Urban Design Agency; Carondelet Park Master Plan; 2003.
18. J. Frederick Fausz; Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West; 2011.
19. Daniel Weismann; Walking in Tower Grove Park: A Victorian Strolling Park; 1983.
20. Carolyn Hewes Toft; St. Louis: Landmarks and Historic Districts; 1988.
Online Reference Sources (partial list; generally used to corroborate data):
1. Chris Naffziger; St. Louis Patina; blog.
2. Robert Powers; Built St. Louis; blog.
3. Toby Weiss; Built Environment in Layman’s Terms (BELT); blog.
4. Michael R. Allen; Preservation Research Office; blog.
5. Steve Patterson; UrbanReviewSTL; blog.
6. Mark Groth; St. Louis City Talk; blog.
7. Cherokee Station Business Association; business district website.
8. The City of St. Louis, Missouri; city website with neighborhood maps.
9. Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group; community led neighborhood forum.
10. St. Louis Magazine, Riverfront Times, Alive Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper; local media.
To use or not to use Wikipedia? Photo Flood Saint Louis’ stance is that Wikipedia can be a good source for leads, but not necessarily for facts.