Rob Stapleton’s photographic work spans 40 years in the state, after he moved to Alaska from Southern California in 1975 to work as a photojournalist for the Anchorage Daily News.
Stapleton’s career involves photographing the building and the “Oil in” of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline[G1] , and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He also covered the Iditarod Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome 20 years for the A D N, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated Magazine and commercial clients.
After making friends with Iditarod founder Joe Redington, he was invited on the 1979 Redington Butcher Expedition. This expedition was to take a team of sled dogs to the 20,320-foot summit of Denali. Led by the dog team, Joe Redington, Susan Butcher, Guide Ray Genet, Brian Okonek and Stapleton as the expedition photographer, he documented the first and only successful dog team to make the summit.
Stapleton’s photographs of Alaska and Alaskans have been published in Life, Time, People, Newsweek, der Stern, Paris Match, Le Figaro and many other magazines and newspapers.
The Iditarod: First Ten Years
Alaska's Bush Pilots
Shand'aa: In My Lifetime
Crooked Stove Pipe