41: Scott Baxter

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41: Scott Baxter

Scott Baxter is on a mission to find 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been in the industry for 100 years or more. He's been taking notes and large-format, black-and-white photographs while on the road (and often on the back of a horse) since 2004.

Baxter has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Through his current project, Baxter hopes to capture each ranch's history and lifestyle before it's lost to development or poor economy.

Read more about Baxter, 100 Years 100 Ranchers and another documentary venture he has brewing in Chiapas, Mexico after the jump ...

List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imaginary):

- The Photography of Jay Dusard
- The paintings of Michael Swearngin
- The support of my family
- The writings of Thomas McGuane
- The strength of the children at Mision Mexico in Tapachula, Chiapas , Mexico.

What was your last big project?
A six-day shoot in Southern Utah for Red Mountain Resort and Spa (pictured above).
The goal was to integrate the guests into the epic landscape that surrounds the Resort. The photography will be used for new ads and for the Resorts website. Red Mountain Spa & Resort is owned by the Desert Troon Company of Scottsdale. 

What's your next big project?
The 100 Years 100 Ranchers Project is an official, "Legacy Project" of the Arizona Centennial. I am photographing 100 Arizona Ranchers whose families have been ranching in Arizona since 1912 or earlier.

The project will be featured in Arizona Highways every month for a year starting with the February 2011 issue. Also, a photo essay will be published in American Cowboy Magazine in 2011 as well. The project will culminate with exhibits across the state in 2012 and the publication of a book.

Why do you do what you do?
Because I can't paint!

What do you want Phoenix to know about you?

I am grateful to do what I do.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew
61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz
59. Lynn Fisher
58. Tanner Woodford
57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer
55. Tom Leveen
54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd
50. Monica Aissa Martinez
49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon
47. Matt Moore
46. Andrea Hanley
45. Julie Hampton
44. Ted Decker
43. Saskia Jorda
42. Michael Bergfalk

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