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 Scott T. Baxter  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: western life documentary photography-ranch scenes

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A product of the East Coast, photographer Scott Baxter came to Phoenix in the early '80s to pursue a graduate degree in fine arts. ??"When I came to Phoenix, I came out blind," he says. Down to a couple hundred dollars, he even thought of leaving, but then he got a job working with a local photographer, paving the way for this artist to learn about life in the West. ??These days, you'll find Baxter working in what he describes as his uniform — jeans, old cowboy boots and a T-shirt — at his central Phoenix photography studio, putting the finishing touches on his latest work.??

He's been busy compiling ranchers' portraits for his latest project, "100 Years, 100 Ranchers," an exhibition celebrating Arizona's centennial that will tour museums throughout the state, including Phoenix Airport Museum at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.??

When he isn't speaking in front of the Arizona State Legislature about his Arizona legacy project, you might find him at Phoenix Art Museum or poking around a rodeo or livestock show. That juxtaposition of a contemporary arts scene and Old West tradition is part of what makes Phoenix unique, the photographer says.??

A history buff, Baxter became interested in Arizona ranches about 15 years ago. After traveling the state for a few years, his idea for the "100 Years, 100 Ranchers" project began to take shape. Baxter spent almost 10 years crisscrossing the state, learning about Arizona's longtime ranching families and making striking black-and-white photographs of their lives, in the process creating art by capturing a slice of Arizona's history. Baxter calls the project a life-changing experience, but not necessarily one that defines him or his photography.??

"I still think I'm kind of finding a style. I guess you could say I don't consciously try to shoot a certain way. I don't push too hard or try too hard — I allow the photograph to come to me. You have to pick the moment. You have to pluck it out when the moment is right," he says.??For the project, Baxter only included ranching families that have been in continuous operation since 1912. He says what he finds so inspiring are the ranchers' stories.??"All of these ranchers love what they do. They love the land. They're genuine hard-working people," he says.??

When he's in town and away from remote ranches, Baxter doesn't have to go far to be inspired. His studio, at the foot of Camelback Mountain, is an original 1924 adobe house that was originally part of a horse ranch. Some days, when he wants to be outside, he hikes the nearby mountain's trails, as well as Piestewa Peak. Baxter's other favorite outdoor Phoenix venues include the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

Although he doesn't consider himself part of Phoenix's trendy set, for years he's been going to Durant's, a favorite restaurant of Phoenix movers and shakers. He also knows where to find great Mexican dishes, often stopping at favorite neighborhood spots like Barrio Cafe and La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop.

While Baxter has lived in several Phoenix neighborhoods over the years, he currently calls downtown Phoenix home.

"I live in a working-class neighborhood. I don't speak Spanish, but I love the Hispanic culture. My neighbors on both sides are Hispanic and they're wonderful people," he says.

From the Old West to Phoenix's rich Hispanic culture, Baxter continues to be inspired. His work on the "100 Years, 100 Ranchers" project will include a book that will showcase his large-format black-and-white rancher portraits.

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Scott Baxter has been a professional photographer for over twenty-five years. His work has been exhibited in the United States, Mexico and Japan. He has numerous awards for his commercial and editorial work, including, The National Art Directors Club, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Print Annual, AR 100,Addy's, and the Simpson Paper Award of Excellence.

Philanthropic work has been an integral part of Scott's photographic career. He has worked with non-profit entities such as The United Way, The Arizona Foundation for Blind Children, The Make-a-Wish Foundation and The Salvation Army.

Scott is currently working on two long-term documentary photographic projects. The 100 Years 100 Ranchers Project in partnership with Through Each Others Eyes, and photographing the Indigenous peoples of Chiapas, Mexico for The Peace and Justice Center.

Artist Statement
I have always been drawn to people. Regardless of the setting the human element in a photograph will always give one a sense of place, and perspective. I have also always sought to give something back through my photography.

The ranching tradition in Arizona is enduring and important. Even more so as conditions such as encroaching development, drought and dire economic conditions have made a difficult way of life even more tenuous. Disputes over water rights, grazing fees, and recreation have also deeply affected the ranching way of life. The intense, difficult work involved in running a ranch has led some children to choose not to stay on, and pursue this lifestyle. Ranchers love what they do, and cherish the land and tradition that has been passed down to them through their families.

My goal is to recognize these families that have struggled to survive, and persevere in these difficult times. As ranches are lost to developers and poor economic conditions I hope to be able to preserve photographically an integral part of Arizona tradition.

The choice of black and white large format film is simple. I believe that a monochromatic study can effectively bring to life the spirit of this unique group of Arizonans. Working in large format will allow me to slow down the process and engage my subjects in a more personal, less detached manner.

I plan to travel to each subjects ranch. The goal is not to run in grab a fleeting photograph and leave, but to get to know each individual, and get a sense of their operation as well. I began photographing in the fall of 2004. Completion of principal photography is scheduled for mid 2011.

This project will document one-hundred Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching in Arizona since 1912 or earlier. The culmination of the project will coincide with Arizona’s centennial in 2012. The project will be exhibited throughout the state and be produced in book form as well.

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