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Saguaro Land: Seeing the Sonoran Desert through a camera lens

Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home.

In our newest conversation, we look at the Sonoran Desert through the lens of a camera — specifically the lens of Mark Klett’s camera. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve almost certainly seen Klett’s photos over the last several decades.

He’s been shooting them since he came to Arizona in 1982. His images feature iconic desert scenes, often including saguaros.

The Show met with Klett recently at his studio, which is just through the backyard of his Tempe home. The building, which he shares with his family, features several printers, computers and boxes upon boxes of photos. That’s not to mention the nearly floor-to-ceiling desert images on the wall and the large-scale portraits taken by his wife that hang at one end of the studio.

The Show's conversation with Klett began with how he looks at the desert differently now than he did when he started in the early '80s.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.