Issue No. 55
The Creative Journey
A legend in his lifetime, Paul Caponigro is one of our greatest living photographers and an incorruptible connection to the pioneering masters of the art—Ansel Adams, Minor White, Edward Weston were friends and mentors. On the occasion of Caponigro’s 75th birthday, we offer a sampling of his icons and a look at his life and career.
The World Of Photography
It’s 40 years since a group of photographers met in the Carmel home of Ansel Adams to launch what is now one of the world’s oldest photography institutions.
A. Aubrey Bodine
The world documented by this Baltimore-based pictorialist—a world inhabited by oyster and crab fishermen, hunters and farmers, clockmakers and trades people, railroad engineers and sailors—would be mostly forgotten were it not for his daughter who today maintains a website archive of more than 5,000 images—all available to the collector.
Brooklyn, where she grew up, and lower Manhattan, where she’s lived since the late 1970s, have provided the subject matter for her award-winning work—seen in books and shown in exhibitions around the world.
Mechthild Op Gen Oorth
With one foot in Berlin and one in Chicago, she’s able to use her camera to express diverse but parallel manifestations of her artistic vision.
He began his American Highway Projects—for which he travels an estimated 25,000 miles a year in a campaign to capture in pictures the vanishing character of America—five years ago. “Everything is disappearing,“ this pundit of nostalgia laments.
Traveling throughout Peru, focusing his camera on the faces and vistas of this exotic world, he created a book that breaks new ground in photojournalism—using digital technology he merged portraits and backgrounds into visual documents that are at once both objective and subjective.
As a young photographer, she assisted Dorothea Lange—which started a two-decade long love affair with the camera. Now, at the age of 80, she looks back.
While traditional values are still the basis for his photographic aesthetics, digital technology has opened up new and more effective ways to assemble his multi-view images.
This Aussie draws inspiration from the landscape that surrounds him: the breathtaking wilderness of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in Australia’s New South Wales.
In his night scapes he seeks out scenes that look ordinary and boringly familiar during the day but take on eerie and stage-like qualities when abandoned and dramatically lit at night. “I’ve always been interested in the dualities of fiction and documentation, of imaginary and real.”
True to his appreciation of conventional cameras and film, he combines the “serendipitous” anomalies of the plastic Holga camera with a multiple-exposure technique to create unconventional images.