Renowned landscape and still-life photographer Paul Caponigro of Cushing will present a slideshow-accompanied retrospective of his life and work Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library, located in the Thomaston Academy building at 60 Main St./Route 1.

An artist and musician, Caponigro is renowned as one of America’s most significant master photographers, acclaimed for his spiritually moving photographs of natural landscapes, monuments, temples, shrines and sacred gardens, taken here in New England and around the world. He studied under Minor White, who was a colleague and friend of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz.

In 1958, Caponigro had his first solo exhibition at the George Eastman House. He has since exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants. His images can be found in the photographic collections of most museums.

Caponigro uses traditional photographic materials and darkroom techniques. He develops his own negatives and prints using the silver gelatin process.

“I believe the process should involve not just the chemicals but also the alchemical,” he said of the his work, which has been described as ethereal, mystical, magical and glorious.

For more information on this free community event, call 354-2453.

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