Paul Caponigro Biography

Paul Caponigro, renowned as one of America’s most significant master photographers is known for his captivating and mystical landscape images. His exquisite silver gelatin prints depict images of nature, including flowers, cloud formations, and forest settings. His work forms a visual bridge between the material world of physical forms and the living spirit behind them.

Born in Boston in 1932, Caponigro began taking pictures at the young age of thirteen while also maintaining a strong passion for music. He studied at Boston University College of Music in 1950 before deciding to focus on photography at the California School of Fine Art, where Ansel Adams has established one of the first photography programs in the United States. Although music maintained an essential aspect of his life. Caponigro gained his notoriety for his spiritually moving images of Stonehenge and other Celtic megaliths of England and Ireland as well as the temples, shrines and sacred gardens of Japan.

Caponigro’s first solo exhibition was at the George Eastman House in 1958 and since then he has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. Throughout the 1960s he was a part-time teacher at Boston University while consulting on various technical research projects with the Polaroid Corporation. He is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants. In recognition of a career spanning nearly seventy years and a significant contribution to the art of photography, Caponigro was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in 2001.