Terminal 2 Museum Exhibitions
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100 Years, 100 Ranchers
Photographs by Scott Baxter
Terminal 2, entry way and three display cases pre-security
Wide open landscapes dotted with grazing cattle and sheep herded by the rancher on horseback have become an iconic symbol of our western culture. For more than 100 years the ranching tradition has been an integral part of Arizona’s history and growth. In celebration of Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, Scott Baxter photographed 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching for a century or more.
For more than 10 years Baxter has been traveling to ranches across the state, getting to know the individual ranchers and their operations. He chose to use large-format cameras, a traditional process which takes time and allowed him to engage his subjects in a personal manner. Using black and white film Baxter captures a sense of timelessness and directs the viewer’s full attention to the subject in the frame.
The strength and independent nature of this unique group of Arizonans is apparent in their portraits. Baxter’s collection of photographs is a tribute to Arizona’s ranching legacy by preserving an important piece of Arizona character and history.
“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.” SB
(Above right:) Scott Baxter, Sam Udall of Y Cross Ranch in Apache County, Eagar, 2009, photograph