Lens on the Land – Rosemont: What’s at Stake was developed by Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Sky Island Alliance and The Sonoran Institute, all Tucson-based conservation organizations. They have joined forces to support the vision of local photographer and educator, Josh Schachter, to shed light on what is at stake through a powerful photo exhibit and accompanying outreach efforts.
SSSR has been working to protect southern Arizona from harmful mining activities since 1996. Its mission is to protect the scenic, aesthetic, recreational, environmental and wildlife values of the Santa Rita Mountains, Patagonia Mountains, Canelo Hills and San Rafael Valley through education and outreach, including protection of these areas from degradation due to mining activities.
The Sonoran Institute inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America. The nonprofit Sonoran Institute, founded in 1990, works across the rapidly changing West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. The Institute’s community-based approach emphasizes collaboration, civil dialogue, sound information, local knowledge, practical solutions and big-picture thinking.
Josh Schachter is a photographer, visual storyteller, community arts facilitator, social ecologist, and cultural organizer who has worked with organizations throughout the U.S. to document issues from urban revitalization to food security. His images have been published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers, films and web sites, in venues ranging from the New York Times to the Navajo Times. Josh earned a master’s degree in environmental management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he explored how youth could use photography to share their own lives and unique perspectives. Over the past 14 years he has collaborated on community-based storytelling and media projects with youth, teachers, neighborhood groups, and nonprofit organizations in places ranging from New Delhi to Nigeria to the US-Mexico border. In 2010 Josh received PhotoPhilanthropy’s International “Grand Prize Community-Based Activist Award” and in 2009 was the recipient of the “Arizona Teaching Artist Award for Innovation” from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Brian Forbes Powell is a Tucson-based photographer and ecologist. He grew up in Augusta Resources’ hometown of Vancouver, Canada. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource conservation. Brian has recieved a number of national and international photography awards, including a First Place in the Travel Photographer of the Year (2010) competition and Grand Prize in the National Geographic/Nikon Full Story Contest (2013). His favorite photographic subject and pursuit is to document the wild landscapes of southern Arizona.