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Nita Winter and Rob Badger

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Bios: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Rob Badger and Nita Winter, multiple award-winning fine art and conservation photographers (including Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography), have been life partners and creative collaborators for over 30 years. Their lives are devoted to promoting and sustaining healthy communities, both human and natural.

In 1992, they experienced the intense and hypnotic beauty of a spectacular desert superbloom. This inspired them to begin what became a 27-year documentary art project, “Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.” While creating floral portraits on our western public lands, Rob devised two unique, artistic techniques to interpret and portray their ephemeral beauty.

Because development and climate change increasingly impact vulnerable wildflower ecosystems, the photographers created ways to use their images to inspire hope and action to help protect them. Their 12-time award-winning coffee table book, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” is a companion to their ongoing traveling, educational exhibit seen by 100,000 visitors, including the San Diego Natural History Museum’s a custom, semi-permanent, large print exhibit.

Rob’s first environmental work (1980, for Inyo County, California) documented the effects of Los Angeles’ groundwater pumping of the Owens Valley aquifer. His later projects focused on the devastating impact of logging and mining on public lands, and he has photographed more than thirty projects, as far away as Siberia, for major land conservation organizations.

Nita discovered her talent for photographing people nearly 40 years ago while documenting her work fighting wildfires in Northern California. In 1986, her first major exhibit, “The Children of the Tenderloin,” in San Francisco, was  followed by six acclaimed public art projects celebrating diversity: “In the Soup: The People of St. Vincent’s Dining Room,” and the Faces of Marin City, Novato, Vallejo and the Canal.

The photographers’ work has been featured in Time, American Photo, Mother Jones, Natural Homes and Sierra magazines, and in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. Their super-graphic architectural installations and fine art prints have been commissioned by the Utah, San Francisco and Alameda County Arts Commissions, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, State of California and the James Irvine Foundation.

In 1995 Nita joined Rob in documenting our vanishing wildflowers and together they created the “Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change” project embodying the unique perspectives and visions of two distinctly different photographers creating a body of work dedicated to the delicate and ephemeral beauty of the natural world.

Currently they are working to raise the funds to create an audio-described version of their book and exhibit for the visually impaired and those who face reading challenges.

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