Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro is America’s greatest living landscape photographer, acknowledging the tradition of landscape masters Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and the mystical photography of his mentor Minor White.

Caponigro was born in Boston in 1932 and as a young man studied piano at Boston University. He was drafted into the US Army in 1953 and stationed in San Francisco as a photographer. After he left the Army he worked with Ansel Adams and Minor White, two illustrious photographers who had a deep influence on his photographic methods and aesthetics.

Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966 Caponigro travelled to England and Ireland, returning there nearly every year for the next decade. It was in County Wicklow in Ireland that he made his most famous photograph, “Running White Deer” (1967), a lyrical study of animals in motion. In 1975 he was awarded a second Guggenheim Fellowship and worked in Japan the following year.

Not only did Caponigro continue to travel, photograph, exhibit, publish and teach for many years he also explored his feelings about the world in essays, poetry and music. In 1994 he retired to his home in Maine, stopped photographing for several years, eventually being inspired by his immediate environment to begin a new body of work – exquisite still lifes.

Paul Caponigro is one of the most collected photographers of all time, renowned for images which provoke thoughts and feelings of the spiritual nature of things. His expressive printing allows the beauty and mystery of his subjects to be communicated to the viewer with remarkable force.

Selected Exhibitions

    • 1958 George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
    • 1963 A Photographer’s Place, Philadelphia
    • 1968 Museum of Modern Art, New York (toured the United States)
    • 1973 Art Institute of Chicago
    • 1975 Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    • 1979 Photo Gallery International, Tokyo
    • 1985 International Center of Photography, New York
    • 1986 Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona
    • 1998 Point Light Gallery, Sydney
    • 2000 Point Light Gallery, Sydney
    • 2003 Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy
    • 2005 Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM