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Next Step

John Paul Caponigro's Next Step Alumni Group

At the request for custom curricula by a small group of his digital photography workshop participants, John Paul Caponigro's Next Step Alumni group was started. Members have met collectively and privately for many years in workshops and online forums. The membership, which is by invitation only, has grown to over 75 members. The name arose because because John Paul constantly asks his students, "What's your next step?" It was quickly found that that prompting helped individuals focus and generate concrete results quickly. The realization that there's always a next step followed. Individual growth has been extraordinary. Many have become professionals in their chosen fields. Everyone has made their own creative lives more vital and dynamic and enriched others' in the process. A global, asynchronous, virtual community designed to activate collective intelligence through appreciative inquiry has been formed. It's a truly surprising community that continues to grow just as it's members do.

Find out more about John Paul's alumni here.

The Exhibit

The members of John Paul Caponigro's Next Step Alumni Group collectively set the goal of producing a group exhibit. This exhibit is their achievement. 24 members are currently participating. Entry criteria were rigorous. Each artist produced a thematically cohesive body of work ready to exhibit on its own, artist's statement, book, and website. These separate projects are excerpted and collected into this exhibit highlighting community and creativity. Many insights into the creative process are revealed both in words and pictures. The included work is as diverse as the individuals, ranging from documentary journalism, editorial, still life, floral, nude, landscape and abstraction.

Members are available to lecture at these events.

To find out how you can exhibit this work, email

The Book

John Paul Caponigro's Next Step Alumni Group Exhibit is supported by a companion book. Each participant has contributed two images and information introducing themselves and offering their creative insights. Over fifty exciting images introduce you to the personal vision of each member. This exciting volume continues to grow.

Preview the book here.

Individual Books

You can see more of each member's work in their individual books and websites.

Charlott Rush Bailey

Kathy Beal

Ken Carl

Robert Eckhardt

Craig Goldwyn

Jim Graham

Justin Hartford

Clifton Mair

Jolene Monheim

Paul Tornaquindici

Meg Weston

Ginette Vachon

Barbara Ventura

Olaf Willoughby