12 Photographs Celebrated By John Paul Caponigro

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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 The complex mix of beauty and taboo, infused with death and sexuality, and guilded with art historical references and fine craft is extremely provocative.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.

Photographers Celebrate The Power Of The Print


“The industry’s most respected photographers, brought together for the new Print Your Legacy campaign from Epson, talk about what drew them to photography, the inspiration that drives their work and the stories behind their most famous images.”
Hear these photographers celebrate the power of the print.
John Paul Caponigro
Jeremy Cowart
Gregory Crewdson
Steve McCurry
Mark Seliger
Tim Tadder
Amy Toensing
Stephen Wilkes
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.
Read more with my online Printing Resources.
View more with my Printing DVD.

Landscape Masters – Michael Kenna and Paul & John Paul Caponigro

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“B&H’s OPTIC 2016 Imaging Conference provided numerous opportunities to talk with some of the most respected nature and landscape photographers working today, but the highlights of our two days at OPTIC had to be our chat with Michael Kenna, the event’s keynote presenter, and our conversation with Paul and John Paul Caponigro. It is unnecessary to summarize the work of these three photographers in any quick description but, suffice it to say, each is a master of his craft.
While their work is distinctive and unique, it was wonderful to hear of their common vision, approach—and yes, spirituality—and for this reason, we present their conversations together. With Kenna we spoke of process, why he sticks with medium format film photography and what motivates and inspires his work. With the Caponigros, we touched upon the spirit of art, how to communicate with nature and, with Father’s Day in mind, how to let a child discover his or her own path to artistic expression. Join us for these two inspirational conversations.” – John Harris and Alan Weitz
Michael Kenna (1:30 – 30:05)
Paul and John Paul Caponigro (31:00-57:10)
Listen to it here.
View our lecture at B&H’s OPTIC 2016 Conference here.
Read our conversation here.
View the ebook Two Generations here.
View the Two Generations exhibit catalog here.

This Unique Father Son Print Edition Closes Today

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A unique Father/Son Print edition featuring two images

Place your order here.

Offer ends Monday 12/15 at 5 pm PST.

It makes a great Christmas gift!

Prints have already started shipping!

Plus get a free Two Generations ebook with every print.

$495

$44.95 shipping domestic – FedEx
$79.95 shipping international
 – USPS

For the second time ever, my father and I are offering a unique print edition featuring two images – one of his and one of mine. My father selected the pair. Both images display our shared love of stone.
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I made the print with his supervision. Printed at a 17″x22″ sheet size on rag paper with archival pigmented ink, it’s annotated and signed by both artists.
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Our open edition print prices normally start at $2,000 and $5,000. This edition is special – it’s limited to the number of prints sold for five days only. And it’s specially priced. Our prints will never be more affordable. And this edition will never be available again.
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One of these prints is going into the Smithsonian’s permanent collection!
John Paul Caponigro – Norcia, Italy, 2013

Paul Caponigro – Nahant, MA, 1965

Paper size – 17”x22”
Image size left – 9.7”x7.25”
Image size right – 8.75”x7.25”

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper
Epson Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta
Signed en recto by both artists in pencil.
Numbered and annotated en verso.
Limited to the number of prints sold for five days only.

Place your order here.

Offer ends Monday 12/15 at 5 pm PST.

It makes a great Christmas gift!

Prints have already started shipping!

A Unique Father / Son Print

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A unique Father/Son Print edition featuring two images

Place your order here.

Offer ends Monday 12/15 at 5 pm EST.

It makes a great Christmas gift!

Plus get a free Two Generations ebook with every print.

$495

$44.95 shipping domestic – FedEx
$79.95 shipping international
 – USPS

For the second time ever, my father and I are offering a unique print edition featuring two images – one of his and one of mine. My father selected the pair. Both images display our shared love of stone.
.
I made the print with his supervision. Printed at a 17″x22″ sheet size on rag paper with archival pigmented ink, it’s annotated and signed by both artists.
.
Our open edition print prices normally start at $2,000 and $5,000. This edition is special – it’s limited to the number of prints sold for five days only. And it’s specially priced. Our prints will never be more affordable. And this edition will never be available again.
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John Paul Caponigro – Norcia, Italy, 2013

Paul Caponigro – Nahant, MA, 1965

Paper size – 17”x22”
Image size left – 9.7”x7.25”
Image size right – 8.75”x7.25”

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper
Epson Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta
Signed en recto by both artists in pencil.
Numbered and annotated en verso.
Limited to the number of prints sold for five days only.

Place your order here.

Offer ends Monday 12/15 at 5 pm EST.

It makes a great Christmas gift!

Father/Son Print – Sale Ends Today

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Place your order here.
Offer ends Friday 9/20 at 11:59 pm EST.

$495 + $34.95 shipping domestic – FedEx
$495 + $69.95 shipping international
 – USPS

A unique Father/Son Print featuring two images

John Paul Caponigro – Uyuni, Bolivia, 2013
Paul Caponigro – Frosted Window, Revere, MA, 1957

Paper size – 17”x22”
Image size left – 7.5”x7.5”
Image size right – 9.5”x7.5”

Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper
Epson Ultrachrome K3 with Vivid Magenta
Signed en verso by both artists in pencil.
Numbered and annotated en recto.
Limited to the number of prints sold for one week only.

Find out more here.

Place your order here.
Offer ends Friday 9/20 at 11:59 pm EST.

Lecture – Process / John Paul Caponigro Tonight 18:30 EST


March 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
New Hampshire Institute Of Art
Manchester, NH
52 Concord Street Auditorium
“Continuing the Distinguished American Artists Discussing Art lecture series, John Paul Caponigro details the many aspects of his creative process — color, composition, drawing, iphoneography, writing and more. He shows how each discipline and different modes of operating with them contribute to the completion of finished works of art. The resulting synergy is stimulating, enriching, and enlivening. While he shows you that you already know how to write, draw, and photograph, he also shows you how these seemingly separate disciplines and creations combine dynamically to form a single creative process that results in a life’s work.”
Find out more here.
Preview the book Process here.
Watch the TED talk here.