Background: Baja
In February 1964 Porter took a two-month drive down the Baja Peninsula, drawn by the lure of adventure and the preparation this would provide for a subsequent trip he was planning to the Galápagos. Sierra Club Executive Director David Brower was so enthusiastic over the artist's photographs of the arid peninsula's terrain that he convinced Porter to assemble a book. The photographer returned in summer 1966 to collect more images. Baja California and the Geography of Hope was published in 1967. The book combines Porter's evocative photographs with excerpts from naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch's book, The Forgotten Peninsula (1961). The work meshes their celebration of the land's unusual plant life with an argument for protecting its desolate ecology by not improving the rugged dirt roads running along the peninsula's spine. The collection holds 175 prints of this subject.

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