Robert Dawson is founder and co-director of the Water in the West Project. His photographs have been recognized by a Fellowship from the National Endowment For the Arts and by a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His books include Robert Dawson Photographs (1988); and, as co-author, The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (1993), Farewell, Promised Land: Waking From the California Dream (1999) and A Doubtful River (2000). Dawson's photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution); and the Library of Congress. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his M.A. from San Francisco State University. He has been an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986 and an Instructor of Photography at Stanford University since 1996.