Paul Caponigro

Portrait of Paul Caponigro by Ted Orland


"Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) is America’s leading elder statesman of landscape and still life photography. His work completes an arc of black and white photography begun by Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand and continuing through Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Minor White, who was Caponigro’s principal mentor and teacher.
Caponigro first worked as a photographer during his army service from 1952-55, during which he was stationed at San Francisco’s Presidio. His post-army years were a flurry of productive cross-country travel with fellow photographers, culminating in 1958 in his first one-man show, “In the Presence Of,” at the George Eastman House in Rochester.

In 1960, Caponigro relocated to Boston where he taught for a time at Boston University’s school of journalism. Ansel Adams introduced Caponigro to the Boston-based Polaroid Corporation where Adams himself was a consultant, and thus began a fruitful multi-year collaboration between Caponigro and Polaroid. For several days each month, Caponigro tested each new Polaroid black-and-white film product and camera and provided technical feedback on behalf of the community of fine-art photographers. This consultancy allowed Caponigro to give up commercial work and to devote himself full time to art photography."

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