Background: Secondary Color Western US
Porter photographed in color regularly throughout the Southwest from the time he moved there, in 1946, focusing particularly on the terrain around his Tesuque, New Mexico, home, the Four Corners area, and the mountains of southern Colorado. In 1967 he rafted twice through the Grand Canyon, collecting enough images to publish Down the Colorado, a centennial celebration of John Wesley Powell's first rafting trip through the canyon in 1869. During the middle and late 1970s, he traveled around the country, including Hawaii, Montana, and Washington, at the instigation of his E. P. Dutton Editor John Macrea III, to collect views for what became American Places (1983). This diverse collection section, drawn from many locales, offers 214 prints from New Mexico, 190 prints from Arizona and the Grand Canyon, 159 prints of Colorado subjects, and 285 prints depicting other western sites.

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