Mar 18, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A 27-Year Wildflower Journey: The Making of Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change. Rob Badger and Nita Winter will take us behind the scenes on their 27-year journey photographing wildflowers throughout California and the West. It began in 1992 when they discovered and fell in love with California’s spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert’s Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve. Photographing these beautiful landscapes and individual flowers evolved into their documentary art project, “Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change.” Their new beautiful multiple award-winning coffee table book, co-published with CNPS, focuses on California’s amazing plant diversity and is a companion to their traveling exhibit.
Gorgeous superbloom scenery isn’t the only thing that makes the Beauty and the Beast wildflower photos so special. Rob and Nita developed unique field techniques to capture one-of-a-kind images. They create every one of the photographs in the field, lugging 80 pounds of cameras and their “natural light” studio equipment from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to 13,000-foot-high mountain passes.
Internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. Their work has been featured in Time, Mother Jones, Sierra, Flora magazine, the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. They are the recent recipients of the Sierra Club’s 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.
The event is free to attend, please register to receive the Zoom link.
Badger and Winter’s award-winning companion book by the same name, is available for purchase through the Museum’s online store here.
This event is in support of the exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast” appearing in the Museum’s Main Gallery March 6 – July 11, 2021.