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Alfred Stieglitz’ extended portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe is a penetratingly honest act of love.

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Christopher Burkett’s makes accurate representation an extension of his spirituality; he celebrates Creation by faithfully transcribing “The Book Of Nature”.

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Paul Caponigro’s “Galaxy Apple” reveals a macrocosm within a microcosm, demonstrating the power of metaphor; ordinary things are seen as extraordinary.

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Eliot Porter’s photography intuited more complex realtionships in nature before the field of chaos science was popularized.

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Pollution or blood? A tense mystery is created by Edward Burtyinsky’s beautiful images of distressed landscapes.

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Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos examines a single subject (the American desert southwest) in many different ways over a long period of time, creating a dense web of interconnections.

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Adam Fuss’ photograms, as much about shadow as light, share a stance similar to many abstract painters who point to the object created more than what it refers, while at the same time highlighting the distortions that lenses can bring to representation. The questions his work raise are generative.

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Walter Chappelle’s Metaflora series creates images with plants, electricity, and photosensitive paper in complete darkness. What else can’t we see? What would we see if we could?

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Jerry Uelsmann bring’s images in the mind’s eye into sharp focus with the most directly representational medium.

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Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison’s post-apocalyptic poems perform acts of care for the natural world despite their odds of success.

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Courageous and honest or perverse and self-indulgent? The complex mix of beauty and taboo, infused with death and sexuality, and guilded with art historical references and fine craft is extremely provocative. It’s honest but is it Truthful? Is it wise?

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Andy Goldsworthy’s photographs are all most of us see of his ephemeral earth works often made in remote locations. So what’s the real art? The performance? The object created? The photographic record? The books that collects those records? All of it?

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Photographers look at and understand photographs differently than the average viewer. Their years of unique personal experience with the medium is special. For me, their insights open new windows into the medium, the world, and myself. I hope they do the same for you.

In this series of posts, each photographer selects 12 if their favorite photographs and provides a short insight into why these images are so moving to them.

I’m kicking off a series of photographer’s celebrating photographs.

View more Photographers Celebrate Photography here.

Stay tuned for upcoming additions.

View 12 Great Photographs By John Paul Caponigro here.

Read more quotes by John Paul Caponigro here.

Read our Quick Q&A here.

Read our Conversation here.

View video by John Paul Caponigro here.

Arabesque III

Arabesque III

Arabesque VII

Arabesque VII

Arabesque XVI

Arabesque XVI

Correspondence - Sonata in Blue -IVB

Correspondence Sonata in Blue IV-B

Correspondence - Sonata in Blue -XIV

Correspondence Sonata in Blue XIV

Correspondence - Sonata in Blue -XIX

Correspondence Sonata in Blue XIX

Correspondence - Sonata in Blue -XV

Correspondence Sonata in Blue XV

Correspondence - Sonata In Blue XVI

Correspondence Sonata in Blue XVI

Correspondence - Sonata in Blue -XVIII

Correspondence Sonata in Blue XVIII

Survivor I

Survivor I

Survivor II

Survivor II

Survivor IV

Survivor IV

 

I select the top 12 images I release every year.

This selection is not based on sales, collection, or publication.

It is based solely on my personal opinion.

Find more of my Annual Top 12 Images selections here.

Womb

Womb

Voyage of Grace

Voyage of Grace

Siamese

Siamese

Resurrection

Resurrection

Rest

Rest

Lethe

Lethe

Journey to the West

Journey to the West

Gestation

Gestation

Dangerous Passage

Dangerous Passage

Burial

Burial

Ashes

Ashes

Ascent

Ascent

View all images released in 1992


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