The Running White Deer - Digital Pigmented Ink Print
Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro, father and son, two masters of photography, one classic analog, the other contemporary digital, work in concert to produce a unique edition of a classic photographic icon Running White Deer in new media. This masterwork is given a new expression that is simultaneously in step with the times and yet utterly timeless.
Running White Deer is an extremely evocative imagethat has enchanted viewers for almost half a century. Taken in County Wicklow, Ireland 1967 Paul Caponigro was photographing a rare herd of white deer on a private forested estate. When the herd began to move at a rapid rate, he had just enough time to make a single exposure. It's haunted him and us ever since.
The original large-format negative was scanned, remastered in the digital darkroom, and then printed with new technology and media. Father and son stood side-by-side in collaboration with one another throughout the entire process to produce this unique offering.
Currently not available in any other media, Running White Deer is offered in a numbered open edition printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink on Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper at a sheet size is 17" x 22" (image size is 7 " x 19"). Each print is signed and numbered en verso (front) with provenance information recorded en recto (back). Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity that includes provenance and care and handling information. Prints are shipped unmatted via FedEx. The current price is $1995. An introductory price of $1850 (Shipping is Free) is available until December 15, 2008. All major credit cards are accepted. Orders may be placed here only and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Safe, timely delivery of prints is guaranteed and if the prints are subsequently damaged, for any reason, they may be replaced upon return for a simple fee.
Here's what the artists had to say about this recent collaboration.
"Although I am known for my silver prints crafted within the tradition of wet process photography, I am excited to explore the now well established process of generating one of my images with inkjet technology.
Having seen some very beautiful images come from this technique and especially from my own son John Paul Caponigro. I thought it would be a special treat for the world of photography to experience this first time event of a collaboration between two masters; the old and the new combining their talents.
With John Paul at the computer and my negative in the scanner we worked out the details of producing an inkjet print with exceptionally beautiful qualities of color, texture and atmosphere. The connoisseur and collector of fine art prints will most likely be thrilled to own an image created by the hands of masters of the photographic arts who continue to work their separate crafts in the pursuit of beauty."
John Paul Caponigro
"It was exciting to work with my father to help realize his unique vision of his classic icon, a part of photographic history, in new media. My father is an artist whose vision is marked by an uncommon depth of insight and emotional expression. He's also one of the finest printers in the medium's history, As familiar as I am with my father's vision and sensibility, there were many surprises during the production of this print that helped me understand his unique vision even better. The process of realizing this print was an extended dialog between the two of us. I made moves to reveal subtle detail in deep shadows and bright highlights and to preserve a luminous contrast within the image. He consistently wanted to fine tune the image with an eye towards keeping the three main areas of the image closely balanced with one another, each evenly modulated, subduing accents that might syncopate its rhythm, creating a liquid motion for the eye to enjoy. He expressed a preference for minimal sharpening, preferring to keep the image clear yet soft and fluid. He chose a beautiful velvet paper surface, with unique sensual characteristics that slightly subdues detail and creates a lush atmospheric effect. And finally, he selected a very subtle golden tone, warming the overall effect. Throughout the process, his preference was for creating an almost ecstatic flow, for making not a static thing but a living thing. The result is a hypnotic dance pregnant with mystery."
Paul Caponigro Remembers the Magical Moment
"In my many year of photographing the landscape and prehistoric stones of Ireland I had come to realize that the life of the place generated a quiet magic. During my photographing, there was usually a herd of White Deer. They were randomly roving on the grounds on an estate and so I asked permission of the owner and set myself to the task of how to photograph them. Catching them in small groups was unsatisfying but I remembered the talent of the Irish sheepdog and enlisted the help of the owner and his dog to corral a substantial number of these white beasts. I visualized the deer as being spread out before the trees of the estate and set about choreographing the event.
Some 25 or so of these deer were collected at one end of a long field and at my signal the dog was to chase them in my direction. My camera was set up so as to include on my ground glass the grassy field as foreground and the trees and background with myself hidden the in the trees so as not to be seen.
Not knowing what to expect, I signaled and to my delight and surprise one of the deer took the lead and the others followed one behind the other. In the subdued light of the day my calculated exposure required the widest lens aperture and a slow shutter speed of one second. I did not and could not know what impression would appear on my film but to my delight on processing the film found a beautifully impressionistic feel made by the running white deer.
As to capturing something magical, I knew that to be the case when two white swans flew directly over my head and camera moments after releasing the shutter of the lens."
You can read a conversation between father and son here.
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