At Work in Arizona 

Alliance Bank has been sounding the alarm for economic development in our state for 12 years. Now, we’re mile-marking our journey by publishing the limited-edition book At Work in Arizona—a photographic chronicle of Arizona’s first one hundred years of business. The book is dedicated to raising dollars for some of Arizona’s best education-focused non-profits and is available with donations of $100 or more.

Curated by Marilyn Szabo and written by Stuart Rosebrook, At Work in Arizona frames the story of Arizona’s economic history over the past century, through the lens of the men and women who built it. Organized by key business sectors and vital industries, At Work in Arizona makes the point that in order for the next 100 years to be as remarkable as the first, more investment in education needed.
From the cattle stock exchange to the Concorde, At Work in Arizona blends past and present to showcase the cultural and economic heritage of the state. The idea came about when Jim Lundy commissioned Szabo in 2003 to fill the bank’s walls with art depicting the history of commerce in Arizona. Rosebrook, a historian and former associate editor of Arizona Highway, was commissioned to write the book and tell the back story of each photograph represented.

This art has now been assembled into a stunning pictorial essay. Featuring an introduction by former Governor Bruce Babbitt and endorsements from former Senator John Kyl, Congressman Ed Pastor, and James Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director, Phoenix Art Museum, the 168-page book highlights more than 212 historic photographs from Arizona’s statehood until today. 

This unique collection includes rare aerial photos of the building of Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge to Alliance Bank commissioned photos of Pedro Guerrero, Frank Lloyd Wright’s photographer for twenty years; Lute Olson, UA’s famous basketball coach; and young Ben Butler of Hayden Flour Mill to historic photos of the Phelps Dodge Copper Turbines alongside Marilyn Monroe at the Arizona State Fair.

At Work in Arizona is available at Alliance Bank offices throughout the state and is exclusively featured at Arizona Storytellers in partnership with Republic Media. Call 602.368.5500 for more information.

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