The Goldwaters (i.e. Barry and before him, his parents) were a prominent family in AZ arising from the wealth they'd made as merchants.
Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
They were also sophisiticated and educated people in a land that at the time, was still characterized as a "rough and tumble" society. At the time of the Weston's; AZ was defined by the 4"C's": Copper, Cotton, Cattle and Climate.
It was a mining state; with a nascent agriculture based on the Hoover and Roosevelt Dams that began to harness water resources; as well as a dry ranching location (requiring large spreads - see the story of Sandra Day O'Connor's family for this aspect); and ,finally, a location where well-off people who'd contracted tuberculosis went "for the cure".
It is unsurprising that the Westons would have called on the Goldwater's - who were prospering by merchanting these industries.
Thus, I'm not sure what the point is here - except, perhaps, to underscore the point I noted about dilletantism.
Maybe I should have said that Barry Goldwater was an amateur photographer, as he was also an amateur radio operator, who leveraged his position as a prominent scion of a wealthy merchant family to rise to political prominence.
But as I look at the photos on the website, I see ordinary compositions that are more "reportorial" than inspired. They provide an interesting historical chronicle of a time and place (AZ from the 1930's to 1960 or so). But so what? If they didn't have his name on them - would anyone today consider them noteworthy?
I doubt it.
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