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'Rock Art' named in 'Best of the beehive' 2016

OP-Ed / Bears Ears / Deseret News


Jonathan Bailey makes arresting images of rare plants, rock art, and cultural resources in situ like no one else working today. He does this by applying his singular artist’s eye to his subjects with unmatched reverence and respect. He somehow knows not only where to look, which is a gift in itself, but a great care for the importance of our shared history shines through in his work. His thoughtful exploration of antiquity shows us all how to better value these resources - not as stale relics of the past, but as beautifully rendered components of the vibrant, living cultural landscapes that he seeks to preserve through his craft.
— Tim Peterson, Grand Canyon Trust

[Jonathan] brings an ancient people to life through their stone-etched images, many of which are threatened by development and vandalism. The passion behind [his] photographs is apparent — and hard-won.
— Paige Blankenbuehler, High Country News (commenting on Rock Art: A Vision of A Vanishing Cultural Landscape)

Bailey’s photographs say it all! From the mysteries of life lived naturally, amid dramatic, high-colored tapestries to the idiots who deface, collect, and otherwise mar the artwork. Not many understand the “tingle” of mystery the way he does, nor the vibrations that surround it.
— Katie Lee, author of "Glen Canyon Betrayed" and "Sandstone Seduction"

Jonathan is not only preserving images for history, but his keen eye is also making art that will last for generations
— James Dabakis, Utah State Senator

Jonathan Bailey gives us images that ache with ineffable beauty and mystery, but also give rise to heartache as he shows that our sacred heritage is in real danger of becoming nothing more than a handful of dust.
— Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

We share with Jonathan a mission to foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources. As such, we are fortunate to draw from his archive of his stunning and evocative photographs, which convey the magnitude of people’s lives in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest since time immemorial.
— Kate Sarther Gann, Archaeology Southwest

[Bailey’s photos are] a journey through some of the cultural landscapes of the people who lived here before. They show what is happening to our heritage and how it is threatened by possible future
— Richard Jenkinson, Utah Rock Art Research Association

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  • The Grand Canyon Trust

  • archaeology southwest

  • NBC NEWS (and affiliates)

  • Utah Progressives

  • Utah Public Radio

  • Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

  • The ADvocate Magazine

  • The Bears Ears INTER-Tribal Coalition

  • Good 4 Utah

  • Utah Diné Bikéyah

  • The National Park Service

  • friends of cedar mesa

  • The Utah Rock Art Research Association

  • The Salt Lake Tribune

  • Deseret News

  • Indian Country Media Network

  • Salt Lake Magazine

  • Landscape Photography Magazine

  • High Country News

  • Utah State Archaeological Society

  • KSL TV

  • The Cortez Journal

  • The Durango Herald

  • Patagonia


  • Native America Calling

  • Fox 13 News