With the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, I travelled to the isolated and underdeveloped area in Vermont called the Northeast Kingdom. In the fall of the same year, I continued photographing in rural areas in the Appalachian regions of Tennessee and Kentucky.
“These pictures . . . illustrate Rupp’s sympathy with an American population existing outside the version of American contemporary life seen on television and in magazines. Through her sensitivity to the shading and nuances of human behavior, and her extraordinary photographic intuition, we are given access to the interior lives of perfect strangers.”
- MoMA Exhibit, New Photography 7, 1991