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"Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change" Coffee Table Book
Art and science are seamlessly woven into a coffee table book featuring 190 floral portraits/landscapes made over 27 years, and essays by 16 scientists/nature writers. From Death Valley Nat’l Park to high mountain passes, images were made in the field using our “natural light” studio. We carefully photograph live flowers with black or white backgrounds to create images that look like they were made in a studio setting. Rob created new, unique techniques: Contact Series -flowers gently touch the lens; Wrapped Series -flowers enfolded in black or white fabric to complement their geometric forms.
Photographers Rob Badger & Nita Winter: life partners & creative collaborators for over 3 decades. They discovered & fell in love with California's spectacular wildflower blooms in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, inspiring their 27 year journey photographing wildflowers throughout the West. 2016: their documentary art project became a traveling exhibit, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change” with a new companion book. Featured in NBC TV, Time, Mother Jones & Sierra magazines, New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle & Los Angeles Times.
Awards Rob and Nita
2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Gold Medal: Bill Fisher First Time Book Award - Non Fiction
Silver Medal: Art and Photography and Silver Medal: Nature and Environment
2014 Black and White Spider Awards: Honorable mention
2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, BBC and British Museum of Natural History, “Wild Places” Highly Commended
2009 Avanti Award: $10,000 Individual Artist Grant, Joseph and Frances Brucia Foundation,
2008 Best of Show: “The Good, Bad & The Ugly,” Environmental Issues Exhibit, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado
2007 Best of Show: “Culinary Delights” Artisans Gallery, San Rafael CA.
1996 GRAPHIS Photo Annual Award (international magazine of design and communication), For Antarctica Series
1994 Best in Journalism, Environmental Series: GRAPHIS Photo Annual Award
1994 Best in Color Landscapes, Maine Photographic Workshops Print Competition
1992 Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Photography Annual
1991 Kodak Scholarship to "The Environmentally Concerned Photographer," Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
1994 Communication Arts - Editorial
1976 - 1991
Int’l Assoc, Business Communicators
Fellowship: Main Photographic Workshops, Rockport ME