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Nita Winter Rob Badger

Marin City, CA

The WinterBadger Collection combines the photographic talents of conservation photographers, publishers and life partners, Rob Badger and Nita Winter. We each bring our own expertise, keen eye, and attention to detail to our landscape, wildflower and wildlife imagery, and photojournalism that tells the story of humanity’s impact on the planet. Our approach demands we work hard to find a new way of photographing the landscape and the life found in it. With every image we capture we strive to reinvent our photography and transform the way we see. The result is a strong body of work and nature photography, unlike anything you’ve seen before. Based in the Marin City, we capture the transcendent beauty of the natural world share it in our new award winning coffee table book: “Beauty and The Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change (BATB).” In September we were so honored to have received the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. "We are not just looking for pretty pictures,” the Sierra Club nominating committee shared with us, “We are looking for photographers who use their work to help further a conservation cause. We were all struck by the stunning photos and the combination of art and activism that was reflected in the book.”  We use images of wildflowers and wildflower landscape, a universal symbol of beauty, to attract people’s attention to the beauty of our native plants, and their supporting communities, that exist on our public lands. Both art and science are seamlessly woven into our book, co-published by WinterBadger Press and the California Native Plant Society, and is a thoughtful collaboration of many hearts and minds dedicated to protecting Nature's beauty that sparks hope and action. Our book and its companion traveling exhibit, seen by 45,000 people to date, help visitors learn how they can reduce the impact of climate change, preserve native species, and promote habitat restoration and land conservation. Our work has been seen in galleries and museums throughout California and the world including the British Museum of Natural History, California Museum, San Bernardino County Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum (currently installing a 2 year large print version of BATB). We have also been featured in publications such as American Photo, Natural Home, OMNI, Sunset, Sierra, Bay Nature, Time magazines and the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Engaging photography from WinterBadger Collection has been commissioned by clients including San Francisco Art Commission, Alameda County Art Commission, Utah Arts Council, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Irvine Foundation, and private residents. They have also received international awards from BBC/British Museum of Natural History, Communication Arts, Graphis, IPA - International Photography Awards, Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3), Benjamin Franklin Book Awards (Gold- Best First Time Book), and Foreword Indies Book Awards. Our new stunning coffee table book "Beauty and The Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” was made with lots of love and is a perfect green gift that comes in all colors of the rainbow.

For over 50 years, ROB BADGER has created images of the natural world for a wide variety of clients, collectors and art buyers. His extensive collection of nature photographs (geographically and seasonally diverse) range from dramatic, complex and colorful, to soft and subtle.

His mastery of light and color, and his ability to emotionally portray the essence of a place in time has won him international awards for his Antarctica series, and “Best in Journalism” for his evocative environmental photography, work that is simultaneously beautiful and disturbing.

Rob’s nature and environmental images have appeared in calendars, books, newspapers and national and international magazines, including The New York Times and Washington Post, TIME, OMNI, Better Homes and Gardens, Pacific Horticultural, National Wildlife, Sunset, Sierra, Wilderness Society and World Watch Magazines.

As a photographer for The Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trust for Public Land, Rob has completed more than fifty project assignments devoted to protecting and restoring our vanishing natural areas. In 1998 he was chosen by the Center for Russian Nature Conservation, as one of only three American photographers, to document the pristine beauty of Russia’s vast and virtually unknown system of nature preserves in European Russia and Siberia. One of his projects, funded in part by a generous grant from the Institute of Noetic Sciences, documented the unique beauty and diverse ecosystems of northern California’s endangered National Wild and Scenic Eel River, and the environmental issues impacting this state’s third-largest watershed.

Selected clients include AT&T, Audi, CNN/Turner International, Chase Manhattan Bank, Chevron, the EPA, Mercedes Benz, The National Park Service, Save the Bay; Simon Schuster, the US Forest Service, and Coastal Living and Southern Outdoors Magazines.

NITA WINTER grew up on Long Island, New York and enjoyed exploring the natural world around her. Her father's love of photography exposed her to the work of many of the great documentary photographers, such as Dorothea Lange and other WPA photographers. In 1976, after receiving a Bachelors Degree in Biology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts she followed her family out west to California.

Nita began her photographic career documenting her work fighting wildfires in northern California and later as a National Park Ranger on Alcatraz. While working at the San Francisco Women's Building, she found a new passion: capturing the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich cultural diversity. In 1986, Nita had her first major exhibit, “The Children of the Tenderloin.” This documentary project launched her career and directed her focus toward creating healthy communities. The series received extensive media coverage and showed her first-hand the power of photographic storytelling. Over the next 17 years, she produced and created portraits for six major public art projects celebrating the Bay Area’s diverse communities. Each project took on a life of its own, and Nita quickly learned to keep an open mind and allow each project to develop and flourish. She cherished the stories she would hear about how the photographs positively affected both the participants and the general public.

The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, Sesame Street Magazine, Sierra Magazine and on all of San Francisco’s local TV stations have featured Nita's work.

TOGETHER:
Rob and Nita have been life partners for 34 years and live in the Marin City, California. After many years of working on individual assignments, they combined their talents to create The WinterBadger Collection. They have focused on creating healing art that enhances spaces. Individually and together they have received commissions from Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco and Alameda County Art Commissions, Utah Arts Council and the Irvine Foundation. Rob's work has been purchased for the California State Building, San Francisco; Fawcett Corporate Art Collection, Tulsa OK; Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Novato CA (22 prints); James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco; Mercy Retirement/Care Center, Oakland CA; Synopsis Corporation, Mountain View CA; and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.

In 1998 they began a collaborative project photographing wildflowers (and their environments) on public lands. Their magnificent and ever-growing series features over 400 different wildflowers. Their long-standing commitment to photograph wildflowers has evolved into a meaningful and inspiring documentary art project: Beauty and The Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change, a Blue Earth Alliance Project. It's beautiful and thought-provoking educational traveling exhibit, "Beauty and The Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change (BATB)" has been viewed by over 45,000 visitors to date. Nita and Rob recently completed its 264 page companion coffee table book. This beautifully illustrated award-winning volume features 190 photographs and 18 engaging short stories by a diverse and talented group of nature writers and scientists. Both the book and the exhibit focus on inspiring action and offer simple suggestions for climate and conservation action.

Their work has been seen in galleries and museums throughout California and the world including the British Museum of Natural History, California Museum, San Bernardino County Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum (currently installing a 2 year large print version of BATB). They have also been featured in publications such as American Photo, Natural Home, OMNI, Sunset, Sierra, Bay Nature, Time magazines and the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.

Engaging photography from WinterBadger Collection has been commissioned by clients including San Francisco Art Commission, Alameda County Art Commission, Utah Arts Council, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the Irvine Foundation, and private residents. They have also received international awards from BBC/British Museum of Natural History, Communication Arts, Graphis, IPA - International Photography Awards, Le Prix de la Photographie de Paris (PX3), Benjamin Franklin Book Awards (Gold- Best First Time Book), and Foreword Indies Book Awards.

Their new stunning coffee table book "Beauty and The Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” is a perfect green gift that comes in all colors of the rainbow.

Visit wildflowerbooks.com to purchase books and www.winterbadger.com to see a wider range of images available as prints or for licensing. Signed books can be purchased online and safely picked up at our home in Marin City. Please feel free to emails or call us to discuss any book or print needs.

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