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.

Top 12 Photographs By Paul Caponigro

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This is a selection of my picks of my father’s top 12 images.
This doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or web views.
It simply reflects my opinion.
It’s challenging to choose so few images – but it’s insightful.
Try it with your own images or artists’ work that influences you.

21 Quotes By Photographer Paul Caponigro

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes by photographer Paul Caponigro.
(My father has a lot to say about the creative process!)

“Photography is a medium, a language, through which I might come to experience directly, live more closely with, the interaction between myself and nature.” – Paul Caponigro

“I often see the materials of photography as being a type of terrain. Emulsions, liquid developers, silver salts, and fixers interact, and I construct a landscape that I need to first explore in my mind’s eye if I am to make it manifest as an artful image in silver.” – Paul Caponigro

“Photography’s potential as a great image-maker and communicator is really no different from the same potential in the best poetry where familiar, everyday words, placed within a special context, can soar above the intellect and touch subtle reality in a unique way.” – Paul Caponigro

“The key is to not let the camera, which depicts nature in so much detail, reveal just what the eye picks up, but what the heart picks up as well.” – Paul Caponigro

“Some of my photographs have always been a mystery to me in terms of how I arrived at them. Even with the technical ability to produce fine prints, I am hard put to know how it happens, yet unless technique and materials are seriously investigated and experienced, I see that moving statements are seldom made. The process of photography ever invites me. I hope never to lose this feeling. At times I make photographs for the sheer magic of its process, and the good feeling about the very stuff needed: light, chemical combinations, some imperceptible forces at work behind the scene. I am part of the drama which takes the guise of photography.” – Paul Caponigro

“The influence of mystery is the greatest influence.” – Paul Caponigro

“Keep alive the fact that a mystery has come into existence and that a physical being serves as a house for this mystery.” – Paul Caponigro

“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes.” – Paul Caponigro

“… the effort, diligence, and care required in practicing must be quickly suspended when pressure coming from anxiety or a desire for fast results causes them to degenerate.”  – Paul Caponigro

“Under all of the factors that make up the art world, it’s up to the individual artist to discern which of those influences are present and at what time and what really serves the deeper process that is constantly running like a stream underground. Influence is incessant. Influence is a fact. But, carry a big shovel and dig constantly to clear away all the unessentials so that the origins of mystery and the poetic force of life can get into and inspire the work.” – Paul Caponigro

“Photography attracted me before I ever knew that it was a part of a structured world. I saw a camera which my grandmother wielded. I thought it was fascinating. I didn’t know about famous artists and museums and magazines. I innocently met that process. And I excitedly engaged it to the best of my ability. Later, because my excitement was so strong, I realized that this could be a medium through which I could work. Then I had to meet the whole world of photography; manufacturers, materials, hype, galleries, dealers, critics, etc. Somehow I did not lose sight of that initial innocence. I realized that unless I could stay free, unidentified, unless I could keep my personality from going crazy with the adulation or the lack of it I was not going to maintain that innocence. I realized that the innocence was the important state that called forth the inspiration into the process.” – Paul Caponigro

“The only way a work of art can become great is for one to acknowledge that it doesn’t belong to anybody. The greatness is in constantly giving back, coming to an acknowledgment of the source. Look back to the source of any individual, any process, any set of materials. If the individual personality can relinquish its insistence on concepts like “this is mine”, “I did it”, “this is original”, “nobody else has done it”, it goes straight for greatness or the essential spirit.” – Paul Caponigro

“If you are engaging rationality, you are already engaging a place that makes you unavailable. Only when I recognize that inspiration has announced itself to my availability will I then say I need to use my mind to calculate exposure, my emotions to position myself and arrange a configuration of shapes that need to come into being, my body to put it all in place because we have been given a message and it has come through inspiration through being available.’ – Paul Caponigro

“Being available is very important. I’ve spent a lot of time working in the British Isles at so called pre-historic sacred sites. I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to go there and force a composition or extract any kind of typicality to make pictures which were expected by the audience within the world of photography. I could have been quite clever and made very pleasing pictures. But I was affected by being available to those sites a few times. When I dropped all those concerns, mentally, emotionally, physically, I was available. I was free in those areas. I didn’t think, “I’ve got to get the ultimate in composition today.” or “I’ve got to get the ultimate in light, I’ll stay here until it appears.” I was not making any demands. I went purely to see what would come, what might be there. I didn’t have to be archaeologist or historian or tourist, I just needed to be available.” – Paul Caponigro

“As far as my experience goes one is automatically in touch with the higher spiritual, it is connected to a certain level that interpenetrates our total physical and psychic existence. We are always in touch with it.” – Paul Caponigro

“Can you keep your balance? Can you see what and where you are at any given moment?” – Paul Caponigro

“I use my music to tune myself.” – Paul Caponigro

“Seek freedom within action.” – Paul Caponigro

“Work incessantly, cultivate discrimination, gather freedom from your own hard-earned results. Disregard successes but go back for help in an immediate problem. The possibility of discovery is everywhere. Freedom from your own work allows for intuition that draws from all your experience and perception but goes beyond it.” – Paul Caponigro

“All that I have achieved are these dreams locked in silver.” – Paul Caponigro

Read more photographer’s quotes here.
View photographer’s favorite quotes here.
Read our father/son conversation here.