Paul Caponigro
Meditations In Silver (with original, vintage gelatin silver print photograph)



In the 1960s, following a move to New York City, Paul Caponigro focused his attention on still lifes. In the words of David Stroud, his iconic image Apple, New York City, 1964, "sums up Caponigro's exploration of still life at that time as it looks forward to his later work." Truly, those words were prophetic. In 1999, 35 years later and after a hiatus of six years from all things photographic, Caponigro stated simply, "Objects collected from nature started to wink at me." One senses that the meticulously composed still lifes presented on these pages are personal elegies as well as archetypical totems, inviting viewers to explore their own personal mythology. This volume contains 45 still-life studies all produced between 1999 and 2005.

Included with this rare title is an original, vintage gelatin silver print photograph entitled "Stony Brook, Vicinity of Geneseo, N.Y.". Neg. Date: Circa 1956, Print Date: Circa 1957. Image size is approx. 9.5 x 7.75", mounted on 14 x 11" board. Print surface exhibits minor indentations, light scratches and minor silvering at edges. Mount board exhibits uniform aging (yellowing) at edges, as well as minor damage at the corners and the middle of the right edge. Vintage label noting artist and image title attached on mount au verso. (Photograph has been authenticated by the artist. Additional images available upon request).

2008, First Edition, Nazraeli Press, hardbound in black cloth with illustrated dust jacket, 10 1/2 x 9", 68 pages, 45 duotone plates.

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