Traces from Paul Caponigro

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Artsy
Stefanie Ball

“I want my images to be seen not as records of things but as traces of processes.” —Paul Caponigro

 

Paul Caponigro

Dried Sunflower #19, Connecticut 1970, 1970

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

Edward Weston

Two Shells, 1927

Timeless Gallery

Ansel Adams

Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, 1948

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

Paul Caponigro is meticulous about process. 

It’s obvious in his work—the precision of focus, the variances of light. Clearly influenced by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, he is widely regarded as one of America’s great landscape photographers.

Formerly trained as a pianist, Caponigro first studied photography with Benjamin Chinn (1921­–2009) and then Minor White (1908–1976). His subjects range from traditional landscapes such as Reflecting Stream, Redding, CT (1968) to details that recall still lifes like Cornucopia Cushing, Maine (1999) to seeming abstractions of nature such as Two Pine Cones (1963). His photographs are as much about nature as they are about light and form. 

Paul Caponigro

Reflecting Stream, Redding, CT, 1968

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

Paul Caponigro

Cornucopia Cushing, Maine, 1999

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

Paul Caponigro

Two Pinecones, 1963

Vision Neil Folberg Gallery

—Stefanie Ball