Monument Valley (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona-Utah state line (around 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. The valley, featured in many forms of media since the 1930s, has defined what decades of moviegoers think of then they imagine the American West. (Photo/Stephen Masker)
Stephen Masker is a commercial photographer based in Dallas, Texas. He received dual B.A. degrees from the University of North Texas where he studied photojournalism and political science before starting a career as a freelance photojournalist in 2008. After several years of editorial freelancing across Texas, he returned to Dallas where he established his own photography business in early 2012. In addition to editorial assignments with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Tyler Morning Telegraph, and The Dallas Observer, Stephen also trained under UNT alum and staff Getty Images photographer Chip Somodevilla based in Washington, D.C. and assisted staff National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita as a photo editor where he processed, archived, and prepared work for publication in National Geographic magazine. Mr. Masker currently resides in the North Texas area and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.