Lead in Shoot The West
Scott T. Baxter of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been a professional photographer for over 25 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 hangs in the hallowed halls of many museums and private collections. Notably, his work is in the permanent collections of The Phoenix Art Museum, The Desert Caballeros Western 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, notably Jay Dusard, 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.”
Commercially, Baxter has shot campaigns for Arizona Highways magazine, Lucchese Boots and Yeti, 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 recently completed 100 Years 100 Ranchers. Arizona Highways Editor-In-Chief, Robert Stieve described the project as, “the best photographs ever made of ranchers in Arizona” with “a 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.”
2014 West Select Exhibit , Phoenix Art Museum : Best In Show
2014 West Select Exhibit , Phoenix Art Museum : Gold Medal , Works on Paper
Permanent Collection of the Phoenix Art Museum
Cover Photograph of Arizona Highways 50 Greatest Photos / December 2011
Honored as one of Arizona’s 100 Culturekeepers 2012
Addressed the Arizona Senate body for the Centennial in January 2012.
Photographs featured in the, State of the State address by, Governor Brewer in 2012
Visit Scott at: www.scottbaxterphotography.com