Stuart Klipper: The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole
Summary NoteMaterials include contact sheets, work prints, book dummy, and book proofs for Stuart Klipper’s book titled The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole, published by Chronicle Books in 2008 and miscellaneous related Antarctic ephemera.
Photographer Stuart Klipper, who is known primarily for his panoramic landscape photographs, was born in the Bronx borough of New York City in 1941. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962, lived in Brooklyn, briefly in Stockholm, Sweden, and then moved to his current residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1970. Klipper has made six journeys to Antarctica to take photographs. He has also worked in Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Alaska, and the area of Lapland irradiated by the Chernobyl disaster. Klipper became one of approximately 400 people to have stood at both the South Pole and the North Pole on July 15, 2009, when he visited the North Pole.
Klipper's work has also taken him across the deserts of Israel and Sinai as well as the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica, Northern Australia, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. For over 30 years, Klipper has also traveled through the 50 United States, capturing photographs that crystallize the defining characteristics of American regions. He also photographed major physics and astronomy research installations throughout the United States, the cemeteries of World War I, the memorials of the Western Front and the Anasazi ruins of the Southwest.
Klipper's photographs have been exhibited in and collected by major museums from both the United States and overseas. These include New York City's 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, The Israel Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bonn Kunsthalle, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, have all awarded Klipper multiple grants. Klipper is also a recipient of the United States Navy’s Antarctic Service Medal.
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Klipper has visited the Antarctic six times, beginning in 1987 aboard a private sailing ship, then five times since as a Visiting Artist with the National Science Foundation in 1989, 1992, 1993/94, 1999, and 2000. He has taken as many or more photographic images than anyone else in the history of the continent. Locations visited ranged from the Subantarctic islands to the South Pole, including many stations belonging to various nations. His book of 110 panoramic Antarctic images titled The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole is his largest publication, as well as the culmination of his work in the southern polar regions.
Materials include contact sheets, work prints, book dummy, and book proofs for Stuart Klipper’s book titled The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole, published by Chronicle Books in 2008 and miscellaneous related Antarctic ephemera.
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CAE Box 106
- Folder 1 1 Work Prints and Large-Scale Prints, 1987 – 2018
- Folder 2 Manuscript Materials, 2007
- Folder 3 Book Dummy and Book Proofs, 2008
- Folder 4 Contact Sheets (1 of 7), 1989
- Folder 5 Contact Sheets (2 of 7), 1989
- Folder 6 Contact Sheets (3 of 7), 1989
- Folder 7 Contact Sheets (4 of 7), 1989
- Folder 8 Contact Sheets (5 of 7), 1989
- Folder 9 Contact Sheets (6 of 7), 1989
- 11#137 Ice Front, Ross Ice Shelf, East of Cape Bird, Ross I., Ross Sea, Southern Ocean, Work Print, 1992
- 11#138 Marker Flag, Byrd Remote Field Station, West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Work Print, 1999
- 11#139 Mt. Fleming, Polar Plateau, Antarctica, Photograph, 1999
- 11#140 NASA Satellite Calibration Site, from RV1B Nathaniel B. Palmer, Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, Photograph, 2000
- 11#143a Buck Island, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, Photograph, 1992