Quinta Scott is a Midwestern photographer with a national reputation for revealing her subject matter in depth and with startling images, whether she is documenting the wetlands created by the Mississippi River or the architecture created by roadside businesses on Route 66, or making a study of the color red. One critic said of her images that they are more painting than photography.
She has received two fellowships
from the National Endowment for the Art and numerous corporate and museum collections hold her work.
She has used her talent as an architectural photographer to explore the built landscape that is U.S. Highway 66 in Along Route 66.
and in The Eads Bridge1979 and the Missouri Historical Society, 1999).
The Route 66 images can be seen at AlongRoute66.com.
She used her talent as a portrait photographer in Route 66: The Highway and Its People, which was the first book published on Route 66 and based on oral histories taken from the people who invented road side tourism.
Finished with Route 66, she turned her talents to the natural landscape and documented the Mississipi River and the wetlands in its floodplain from the Source to the Gulf of Mexico and published The Mississippi: A Visual Biography, from the University of Missouri Press.
She lives in Waterloo, Illinois,
close to the banks of the Mississippi,
not far from the Ozark Hills,
and in the midst of Illinois wheat