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Chad Coppess

 I started my photographic journey while attending high school in the historic Black Hills of South Dakota. My original dream was to become a car racing photographer, which lead me to the Indianapolis 500 and more, but it was summers working at Crazy Horse Memorial that pointed the real direction - travel and tourism photography. I spent 28 years at the South Dakota Department of Tourism and am now the Photo Editor for South Dakota Magazine. Along the way there have been a few interesting detours into music and motorcycle stunt photography. This site is simply a collection of some of my favorite images. It's fun to see them all together.

I don't sell prints and I'm not looking for more work, just hoping you enjoy the pictures.

Click "Galleries" in the bar at the top of the page to view.


Black Hills Photo Shootout

Sept. 22-24, 2023

Be part of South Dakota's longest-running photography event, the Black Hills Photo Shootout, Sept. 22-24 2023.

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