Lung recipient’s work featured in Joplin tornado book

November 14, 2011

We knew Curtis Almeterwas a pretty terrific photographer when we first

Joplin photo by Curtis Almeter

saw his work. The young photojournalist from Neosho, MO, had recently graduated from college when we met him. He was on the lung transplant waiting list here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Curtis had begun documenting his struggle with cystic fibrosis in a photo journal several months before. He continued the journal during his time on the list in St. Louis and through his December 2009 transplant and subsequent recovery. Some of those photos now hang on 16400 – the transplant and hepatobiliary floor.

A frequent contributer to the Joplin, MO, Globe newspaper, Curtis was called on to help cover the devasting tornado there this past May.

Now, several of his photos are included in the new book, “32 Minutes in May,” published by the Globe. 

Here’s a look at some of Curtis’s tornado-related photos.

Click here to see part of Curtis’s transplant photo journal.


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