Getting ready for AZ- Paging through an old Photo Mag

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In preparation for my impending trip back to one of my favorite places in the world, Arizona, I am going to be highlighting some of the cool things that I hope to see while there. This brings me to an awesome old magazine called Arizona Highways. This was, and still is, a magazine that is published and maintained by the Arizona Department of Transportation. It was started to get people to come to the State and to help pay for the roads.

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It is also a great place to find some amazing photos of the region. Now this issue that I have was made in 1966 by the Arizona Highway Department (Now the DOT) and it has some amazing photos of the landscapes of the entire state of Arizona from the high desert to the Grand Canyon as well as that famous tall rock formation in Canyon de Chelly used for several commercials.

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I hope to take this copy with me on my trip and try, note the qualifier “try,” to duplicate some of the shots. Who know, maybe I’ll strike gold. lol Either way it will be fun.

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There were far too many photos to scan but I thought this would give you a taste of what can be found in these old magazines.

Stay tuned as I will be checking in often with another tantalizing morsel of AZ culture for you guys. So until next time, keep on looking through that lens (or viewfinder, lol) and capture what you love on film, it is the future after all.

See ya next time,
Tim Pawlak

written by 110isnotdead on 2012-11-02


  1. trincheiras
    trincheiras ·

    i'm jealous, if i was anywhere near arizona, this would be my priority place: :) enjoy your trip

  2. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @trincheiras Thanks for the link, I'll definitely have to check this out. :)) I can't wait to make it back. Also, one thing I didn't mention, over near the Zoo and Botanical Gardens, there is the coolest little dive bag and grille called Flicka's Baja Cantina- It is the coolest joint in town and the street tacos are amazing. :))

  3. megaman49
    megaman49 ·

    If you read any of the stuff on Ken Rockwell's site about film, he usually references this magazine to show the quality difference between d*****l and med/large format film. I certainly wish I was making as good of pics as in the magazine with my 4x5....

  4. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @megaman49 you and me both. lol Actually, I wish I had a 4x5 for that matter. lol I hope to find some more copies of the magazine before my trip next month.
    Anyways, thanks for the comment :))

  5. megaman49
    megaman49 ·

    @110isnotdead they are cheaper than you think. I got my Linhof color kardan 4x5 for under $300 and a couple lenses for under $20 apiece. Though if I had to get one again I would get a speed graphic so I could shoot faster and use enlarger lens instead of the lens shutter combos I have to use. If you want to get one and need a little advice let me know...those big cameras are more time consuming than the others but can be very rewarding. The hardest part (as always these days) is finding someone to develop the film.

  6. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    @megaman49 Cool. As i go along I might try out the larger formats. I'll definitely solicit your advice when I do. Thanks :)