Barry Goldwater is a household name throughout the Valley, known for being a five-term U.S. senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate who dedicated his lifetime to serving Arizona and its residents. What might be less known is Goldwater’s passion for photography, which is on display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West until this summer.

Goldwater was a gifted photographer whose photos graced the pages of Arizona Highways magazine dating all the way back to 1939, when his first photo was published.

Through a collaboration between the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving, digitizing and sharing Goldwater’s images, and Arizona Highways magazine, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West presents the opening of the latest exhibit: Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection.

The display showcases 34 of Goldwater’s prized photographs, as well as some of his personal items, such as his camera, cowboy hat and boots – along with photos of family and friends, including celebrities like Clark Gable. The exhibit captures the imagery across Arizona featuring landscape, people and culture through Goldwater’s unique lens and photography skills.

Curated by Alison Goldwater Ross, Goldwater’s granddaughter, who established the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation, this exhibit features the largest collection of Goldwater’s work ever exhibited including never-before-shown photography and intimate family photos. 

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