Scott T. Baxter: Revealing the West

September 30 - November 26, 2023

A special collection of photographs by critically-acclaimed Western photographer, Scott T. Baxter.

[Banner images: Scott T. Baxter, Rachel Lohof-Larsen, Bruneau, Idaho, 2014, detail (Platinum/Palladium Photograph); Scott T. Baxter, Garrison Duke, Sierra Bonita Ranch, Arizona, 2022 (Archival Pigment Photograph); Scott T. Baxter, Isaak Hoffman, Marr Flat Cattle Company, Joseph, Oregon, 2014 (Archival Pigment Photograph)]

Scott T. Baxter works out of his studio on the Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. His fine art photography work of the American West captures the dichotomy between the elegance and untamed nature of the West. Baxter’s work is in numerous museums and private collections. Notably, his work is in the permanent collections of The Phoenix Art Museum, Desert Caballeros Western Museum,The Booth Museum of Western Art, Taos Art Museum, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum and the Scottsdale Public Art Program.

Baxter says of his work, “My inspiration comes mainly from my subjects rather than other photographers. I certainly appreciate and respect the work of others, especially Jay Dusard, Kurt Markus, Adam Jahiel and Robb Kendrick, but in my own work I just go out and shoot what feels right. I try to let the photograph come to me. I don’t try to consciously force it, or think how another photographer might shoot it. There is so much imagery saturating us today, I find it is better to just follow what works for me.”

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Baxter has shot editorially and commercially for Alta Journal, Arizona Highways magazine, The New York Times, Cowboys and Indians, Lucchese Boots, Yeti and Arizona Public Service among others. A large body of Baxter’s work lies in long-term photography projects with historical significance, blending portraiture with working images representing the West. Baxter completed 100 Years 100 Ranchers, a ten year official Legacy Project for the Arizona Centennial. Arizona Highways Editor-In-Chief, Robert Stieve described the projects as, “the best photographs ever made of ranchers in Arizona” with “an historical importance that doesn’t exist anywhere else. 100 Years 100 Ranchers isn’t just a series of artful and captivating black and whites, it’s a permanent record of a way of life – a disappearing way of life.”

Pictured: Scott T. Baxter behind the scenes of one of the photographs. See the final result in the exhibition. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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