Paul Caponigro

Paul Caponigro (American born 1932)

Paul Caponigro is one of our centurys foremost landscape photographers. He was born in Boston in 1932. After attending public schools, he went to Boston University to study piano, and in 1952 discovered photography. In 1953, he was drafted and stationed in San Francisco as a photographer where he met and studied with Benjamin Chin.

Between the years of 1955 and 1957, he studied with Minor White in Rochester, New York, where he was introduced to various philosophical disciplines. In 1958, he had his first one-man exhibition at George Eastman House. Two years later, he began teaching photography at Boston University. In 1962, he published his first portfolio of original prints. In 1966, he was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and received another in 1975. In 1966, he traveled to Europe, in particular Ireland and England, in order to study the great stone architectural creations there. He received another grant, this time from the Arts Council of Great Britain to photograph in Northern Ireland.

Two Guggenheim Fellowships and three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts have been awarded to Caponigro over the course of his photographic career in recognition of his singularly masterful and uncompromising artistry. He continues to delight the photographic community with his glorious photographic dreamscapes, most recently producing a compelling series of still life studies.


Surf and Eroded Rock, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon 1959×

9.5 x 7.5 inch
24.1 x 19.1 cm