We all know those iconic WPA-style national park posters even if we don’t know the whole history behind them. They’ve been reproduced in various forms over the years, and you’ve seen them in gift shops on t-shirts, postcards, mugs and magnets. One artist with an incredible collection of his own posters—with a design that harkens back to the nostalgic original pieces—is Colorado-based Rob Decker.
Rob is a photographer and graphic artist who studied under THE Ansel Adams in Yosemite at the age of 19. He’s been photographing national parks since he was a young kid and is now on a mission to create images of all 61 of ‘em, each reminiscent of the Works Progress Administration style of the 1930s and 40s.
Rob’s prints are available for $35 on his website. They are all numbered, dated and signed by the artist himself. The posters are printed on 100% recycled paper stock with soy-based inks. And when you purchase one of Rob’s creations, you’re also directly supporting the national parks. Putting his money where his mouth is, Rob donates 10% of his annual profits to various organizations that preserve and protect our parks. One of his donations enabled 250 kids to become junior rangers.
“I’m trying to make a difference by giving back to the amazing organizations, associations, trusts and conservancies that support the National Parks. I feel that it’s important to protect America’s special places, and to connect people with nature. And it’s up to all of us to pitch in.”
This year, many of our national parks celebrate major anniversaries, including Grand Canyon (100th), Zion (100th), Grand Teton (90th), Big Bend (75th) and Joshua Tree (25th). Rob has created special limited edition prints to commemorate the occasion.
To date, Rob’s visited 44 national parks. He hopes his artwork allows people to celebrate their own national park experiences and encourages others to get out and explore.
“Our national parks are more than just public lands — they’re part of a cultural legacy to share with future generations. So it’s important to inspire the next wave of supporters and stewards.”