Martin Stupich was trained in painting and sculpture in Milwaukee at the Layton School of Art. In the early ‘70s he studied photography with Emmet Gowin in Ohio. Then, after 2 years as a steel worker back home, he left for Atlanta to earn a master's 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, documentation projects for the HABS HAER HALS collections at the Library of Congress, then as a photographer recording sites from Panama to Puget Sound for the Army Corps of Engineers.

            In 2011 he began an ongoing relationship with the Smithsonian Institution, which commissions him to document its revered museum buildings, the Washington Monument Grounds and historic National Mall. And in El Paso his ASARCO project enters its final phase, exploring the complex landscape on the Rio Grande borderlands and Camino Real, where the states of Chihuahua, Texas and New Mexico meet and their cultures merge.

            Throughout Stupich’s career the line between commerce and art has been wiggly and blurred. His photographs of western dams and NASA Launch pads might hang in Tokyo galleries, while his industrial portfolios reside happily in official State archives folded into dense historical reports.

            His projects from Cape Canaveral to Kurdistan reaffirm his belief that all landscape is cultural, and that good photographs made there can contribute to the useful literature of this place and time. 


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Independent Photographic Projects                                                                                  

Book and exhibition project: At the ASARCO El Paso copper smelter, and from Chihuahua, Mexico to Leadville, Colorado–photographic documentation of the smelter’s demolition and the environmental restoration of the site, and its vast geographic-historic reach as: VeinGlory/Treasure and the Royal Road, from Conquistadors to Guggenheims (working title).

In Iraqi Kurdistan, photographing the earliest historic cultural landscapes in Mesopotamia, four weeks prior to ISIS incursions, 2014

In Panama, photographing construction of the “Post-Panamax” canal expansion project (2013); also in Panama, photographed the Canal, petroleum shipping and transfer operations in the Isthmus (1981-1999)

Documentation of Smithsonian Institution’s historic museum buildings undergoing restoration, the Smithsonian Institution as client, (2011- )

Book project: RED DESERT, documenting Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin on the cusp of increased gas and coal exploration, with Annie Proulx (University of Texas Press, 2008).

Documentation of Western deserts’ cultural landscape as part of the Debris Fields portfolio (2008 - ongoing)

Book Project: DARK CALM Falcon Hoods / A Working Collection, with Stephen Bodio,  nearing completion

In Carbon County, Wyoming aerial photographic documentation of industrial, agricultural and mining geography (1998-2002)

In Vietnam, survey of architecture and artifacts reflecting colonial influences of the Chinese, French and Americans (1996)

In the Western United States: project to photograph monumental engineering/water projects along major rivers of the arid west, work which is presently incorporated into The Water In The West Project (1989-2000)

In Japan, a portfolio project documenting the urban/industrial interface on the rim of Tokyo Bay (1991-2002)                                                                                  

Teaching, Lectures, Symposia

University of New Mexico Historic Preservation Program: Guest speaker, 2017, 2018

Invited panel member: Department of the Interior, Library of Congress and National Archives consultant on photographic archiving in the digital age, Washington, DC, 2017

Exhibition and Gallery Talk, Fotofest International, Houston, TX, 2016

George Pearl Fellows' Lecture: CAMERAMAN OBSCURA–Forty Years Sneaking Around In Broad Daylight, University of New Mexico, 2015

Guest Lectures and Symposia: Teach Photographing the Built Environment,  University of New Mexico, 2009-2014; Guest Lecture, The Roswell Art Center and Museum, on the Red Desert project and book, 2009; Artist Lecture Series - University of New Mexico Art Museum, on the Red Desert project,  January 2008; Symposium: Red Desert – A Public Conversation About the Value of Place, University of Wyoming Art Museum Sept. 2007; Workshop on The Red Desert Project, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver October, 2003; Landscape 2000 symposium lecture series, University of      Wyoming Art Museum 2000; Tufts University, 1994; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta 1996, 2000; Georgia State University, Atlanta 1996; Photographic Resource Center 1996 and at Water in the West conferences across the US during the 1990s.

Associated Faculty, University of New Mexico, teaching Photographing the Built Environment, 2009-ongoing

Adjunct Instructor of Photography, Massachusetts College of Art (1986-87); the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1988, 1994); Boston College, 1989; Photography Department manager, San Francisco Art Institute, 1984-1986.

Selected Grants and Awards                                                                                         

2015 George Pearl Fellow, University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning

Grant from New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, to make large-format and digital photographic document of Santa Fe’s Scottish Rite Temple, 2015

Custodial Trustee Gift, ASARCO portfolio donation to UTEP Special Collections, 2013

Nominee, United States Artist Fellowship, 2008, 2017

Juried into Review Santa Fe, 2007, 2010, 2013

First Place, High and Dry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2003; Honorable Mention, 2004

Exhibition Grant, Boston Society of Architects, exhibition of Industrial Landscape photographs, Boston Architectural Center, 1994

New England Foundation for the Arts, Photography Fellowship, 1993

Nevada Council for the Arts, Photography Fellowship, Great Basin Panorama Project, 1983-84

National Endowment for the Arts Photography Grants, Atlanta MARTA documentation, 1977, 1979

Polaroid Corporation Artist’s Support program, 1988-90

Selected Publications (Alphabetical)                                                                            

Altered Landscape, University of Nevada Press, 1999

Ansel Adams/New Light, Essays on His Legacy and Legend, The Friends of Photography, 1993

Architecture Record, September 1993

Arid Waters, University of Nevada Press, 1993

A River Too Far, University of Nevada Press, 1990

Canals, W. W. Norton, 2005

Framing the West, Yale, 2010

Harper’s Magazine, June, 1998; July, 2000

Landmark American Bridges, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1993

The Paris Review, September, 2004

Through the Lens of the City, The NEA Photography Surveys of the 1970s, University Press of Mississippi, 2005

Photography, 8th & 9th editions, Norton, 2005, 2007

Telling Stories, Reflections on Photography from the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Michele Penhall, UNM Press, 2015

The Polaroid Book, Taschen, 2005

Red Desert, co-author with Annie Proulx, University of Texas Press, 2008

Undermining, Lucy Lippard, New Press, 2014

Selected Exhibitions   (*solo)                                                                                         

Fotofest International, Houston, TX, 2016*

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 2015

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2015

Red Line Gallery, Denver, 2015

Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 2014, 2015

Van Deren Coke Gallery, University of New Mexico Art Museum, 2013*

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio among others, 2013 (“Environmental Impact”, toured the U.S. through 2016)

CENTER Santa Fe, 2013

Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Santa Fe Community Gallery, 2013

AXLE Contemporary, Santa Fe, 2013

Phoenix Art Museum, From Above, 2013

Joslyn Museum of Art, Omaha, 2011

Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2010

Etherton Gallery, Tucson, 2011*

University of New Mexico Art Museum, 2008

University of Wyoming Art Museum, 2007*

FotoFest Biennial, Houston TX, 2006, 2007

Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX, 2005

Center for Creative Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 2005

FotoFest Biennial, Houston, TX, 2004

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2003, 2004

Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, 2004

Photographic Resource Center, Boston: 1996, 1998, 2003

Norsk Museum for Fotografi, Horten, Norway: 2002

Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan; 2002*

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; 2001

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie; 2000

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; 2000

Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA; 2000

Alfred University, Alfred, NY; 2000

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; 1999

Photographic Resource Center, Boston; 1998

Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA; 1998

Princeton Museum; 1998

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA; 1997

Photographic Resource Center, Boston; 1996, 1998

University of Colorado-Boulder, 1993

Salina Arts Center, Salina, KS; 1991

Sheppard Fine Arts Center, University of Nevada-Reno; 1991

Fotokina, Colon, Germany, 1990

Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, MA , 1989

Boston Athenaeum, 1988

Houston Center for Photography, 1988, 1993

University of Texas-Austin, 1988

The National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., 1988

Massachusetts College of Art*, 1987

Western Nevada Community College*; 1986

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; 1984

The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; 1984

Nevada Historical Society, Reno*; 1984

UNLV Museum, University of Nevada-Las Vegas*; 1984

Chan Elliot Gallery, Sacramento, CA; 1983

Middendorf-Lane Gallery, Washington, D.C.; 1982

Nevada Governor's Mansion, Carson City*; 1982

New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center; 1980

Northern Virginia Community College at Sterling*; 1979

Nexus Gallery, Atlanta; 1976, 77*, 78, 79, 80, 81*, 86

Rizzoli-Atlanta; 1977

Princeton University*; 1976