Caponigro, father and son, at Maine Media

Jul 31, 2014
Photo by: Paul Caponigro Paul Caponigro’s “Backlit Sunflower” is among the esteemed photographer’s many nature studies.

Rockport — “Two Generations,” which will feature the work of father/son duo Paul and John Paul Caponigro of Cushing, will be on view Wednesday, Aug. 6, through Aug. 30 at Main Media Gallery, 18 Central St. A reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“Two Generations” will feature more than two dozen images by each artist and will highlight the careers of the family of artists, as well as changing media and practices in the fine art of photography. The juxtaposition of different media may seem startling at first: while Paul is a traditional straight shooter, John Paul is a process artist. But after careful inspection, what is more apparent are the similarities and it becomes clear that each artist’s work influences the other. Both artists share a strong dedication to his craft and a deep reverence for nature.

With fine art photographer Paul Caponigro’s 50-plus year career, he is regarded as one of America’s most significant master landscape photographers. Born in Boston in 1932, Paul Caponigro was captured by photography early in life. He was a student of Minor White; has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad; and is recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants. Paul Caponigro’s images will be found in most history of photography texts and contemporary art museums.

Paul’s son, John Paul Caponigro, is one of the most prominent artists work in digital photography. John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using digital technology. His art has been exhibited internationally and resides in numerous collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection and the Smithsonian. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with the environment during a time of rapid change.

Gallery hours are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maine Media Gallery showcases photographic and multi-media work of students, alumni and faculty, as well as innovative media artists pertinent to the Maine Media Workshops + College community. The gallery offers an outstanding collection of donated faculty work for sale, with proceeds benefiting Maine Media’s scholarship fund. It also houses Tim Whelan’s bookstore, a nationally recognized bookstore for its impressive collection of fine art photography books.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Exhalation IV” was the signature image for John Paul Caponigro’s recent annual exhibition weekend. (Photo by: John Paul Caponigro)
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