Stuart Klipper, American (1941 - )
Born in The Bronx in 1941. Attended the University of Michigan. Lived in NYC
and Stockholm, Sweden in the 60s; moved to Minneapolis in 1970 - resides there
He has, to date, made six visits to Antarctica to photograph. The initial one, in
1987, as a participant in a private sailing expedition; the 5 subsequent ones made
under the aegis of the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and
And, on several occasions also worked in the Far North: Greenland, Iceland,
Svalbard, Alaska, and Lapland (where he photographed the regions irradiated by
fallout from the Chernobyl disaster).
In July 2009 he 'attained' the North Pole. This achievement has made him
officially 'Bi-Polar'. He has been at the South Pole four times over. Only
approximately 400 human beings have visited both Poles.Other major forays have taken him across the Aboriginal Outback of Northern
Australia, the Biblical deserts of Israel and Sinai, the tropical rain forests of Costa
Rica, the far reaches of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina,
and widely in the cities and provinces of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
He has logged 1000s and 1000s of miles of seaborne travel, photographing on all
of the Earth's oceans and on many of its seas and other large bodies of water.
For nearly 30 years he has made photographs in all 50 states, distilling and
crystallizing the defining characteristics of American regions. In effect, scoping
out the lay of the land and the hand of man -- and whatall may have been
wrought in places where each overlay: the fruit of enterprise, and, the sullied
tumult. Evidence of the land we are on and the world we find ourselves in; where
we are at and who we are; what we've done; and, where we can go.
This ever-expanding agglomeration of pictures now numbers upwards of 30,000.
It was initiated by a three-state corporate art commission in 1980. It is titled,
“The World in a Few States.”
Other major undertakings have involved his photographing extensively in the
First World War cemeteries and memorials of the Western Front in Belgium and
France; and, in major physics and astronomy research installations throughout
the US; making portraits of people in Pakistan and Sri Lanka; and the Anaszai
ruins of the Southwest.
His photographs have been exhibited in, and collected by, major museums in the
nationally and internationally; foremost the Museum of Modern Art, the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, The Jewish Museum (NYC), The
McDonald Gallery (NZ), The Israel Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum,
Artium - the Basque Museum of Contemporary Art (Vitora, Spain), the Bonn
(Germany) Kunsthalle, and the Moderna Museet (Stockholm). Also: The
university museums of Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, and
Arizona (the Center for Creative Photography).
He has been the recipient of many major grants and fellowships including two
each from the Guggenhiem Foundation and the Bush Foundation (St. Paul,
Minn.), and three each from the McKnight Foundation (Mpls., Minn.) and the
Minn. State Arts Board and the National Endowment of the Arts; and other
grants from The Bogliasco Foundation, the Arts Board of Texas, and the Jerome
He has been the recipient of the US Navy's Antarctic Service Medal.