Stupich was trained in painting and sculpture in Milwaukee in the 1960s. In the early ‘70s he studied photography with Emmet Gowin, then Elaine O’Neil, in Ohio. After a two-year stint as a steel worker, he earned an MA degree in photography from Georgia State University as a student of John McWilliams.
He stepped from graduate school into a career photographing industrial landscape, with early grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, jobs with the Department of the Interior – then as a photographer documenting sites from Panama to Puget Sound for the Army Corps of Engineers. Throughout Stupich’s career, the line between commerce and art has been wiggly and blurred. His photographs of Cape Canaveral launch pads hang in galleries in Tokyo while his industrial panoramas reside happily in official state archives, folded into dense historical reports.
His Red Desert work, and his projects across the United States and abroad, reaffirm his hunch that all landscape is cultural – and that good photographs made there can contribute to the useful literature of this place and time.
Near Atlantic Rim, Red Desert, Wyoming, 2009