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Arizona Highways Magazine November 2016

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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editor’s letter

July 1938. That’s when we made our move away from black and white. The beginnings were humble, but in that issue, we published our first-ever color photograph. It was a shot of Oak Creek Canyon. Although it wouldn’t make the cut today, 78 years and five months ago, that photo was a big deal. In his column that month, Editor Raymond Carlson wrote: “How can we, through the medium of black and white, paint a picture of the gold in an Arizona sunset, portray the blue of an Arizona sky, tell the fiery red and green of an Arizona desert in bloom? We therefore resort to color photography in this issue’s cover page.” It was an important milestone in our magazine’s history, which is why there’s some irony in what we’re…

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MITCH DOBROWNER After we featured his photo from Navajoland in our September issue, photographer Mitch Dobrowner (see This One Doesn’t Even Need a Headline, page 32) seemed a natural fit for this month’s focus on black and white photography. That’s because Dobrowner shoots exclusively in black and white. “I see color through my eyes all the time,” he says. “Black and white photography interprets the way I see and ‘feel’ about the planet. My wife, who’s a designer and painter, says I’m colorblind. But I’m not — I just don’t know the names of all the colors. There are just too many.” Dobrowner, who grew up in Bethpage, New York, was inspired by the work of Minor White and Ansel Adams, and at the age of 21, he left home to…

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letters I JUST STARTED READING THE September 2016 e-issue of Arizona Highways and found the article on the Tucson Pressed Brick Co. [The Journal, page 8] interesting. The name sounded familiar, and when I saw its final location was on Houghton Road, it dawned on me. That site is now the Madera Veterinary Hospital, where we’ve been taking our cats for years. Their website has a page that shows the history of the brick company, including photos. Timothy A. Johnson, Tucson While enjoying your Arizona Highways calendar, I kept looking at the August 2016 photograph of Pacheta Falls. I realized the scenery was very familiar. I bought an old framed photograph of a nameless waterfall at a junk store in Clifton, Arizona, back in 1970, and judging from the frame, I think it…

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tuba city water tower

Tuba City’s name has nothing to do with musical instruments. The Navajo community, located just north of its Hopi sister city of Moenkopi, is named after a Hopi leader who befriended Mormon pioneer Jacob Hamblin in the mid-1800s and later converted to Mormonism himself. Its most well-known resident might be Army Specialist Lori Piestewa, who became the first Native American woman in the U.S. military to die in combat when she was killed in an ambush during the Iraq War in 2003. The Tuba City water tower once featured only the town’s name, but it now promotes the Tuba City Boarding School just south of the tower. Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade study at the school, which has been in town since 1901. The school’s mascot, the thunderbird, is…

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the mission in the sun

Ubiquitous simple reproductions of dark-eyed children made Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia a wealthy man. But the artist’s most enduring work may be the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District, which includes DeGrazia’s residence, galleries and the chapel shown here. In 1951, DeGrazia bought the 10-acre property. He chose the spot for its view of the Santa Catalina Mountains and its proximity to a wash that would both preserve the vista and shield the parcel from the development that overtook DeGrazia’s first studio. Following a Southwestern tradition of building a shrine in thanks, he built the chapel first. Inspired by Eusebio Kino’s missions, DeGrazia said he wanted the building to grow out of the earth, as roses do. It was perhaps an allusion to the miracle of the roses in the story of…

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q&a: john burcham

JK: For this issue, you and writer Annette McGivney set up shop at Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse in the Grand Canyon (see page 42). How did this portfolio come about? JB: Annette and I were working on a story about the Trans-Canyon Pipeline for the March 2016 issue of Arizona Highways. While we hiked the Bright Angel Trail, we talked about how interesting and diverse the people were. Offhand, I said it’d be interesting to set up a “studio” and pull people off the trail to photograph them. Ultimately, Annette pitched the story and we got the go-ahead. JK: What kind of preparation went into this assignment? JB: Once the story pitch was accepted, we settled on Mile-anda-Half Resthouse as the location, partly because it has water and restroom facilities nearby. We had to apply…