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American contemporary photography
Paul Caponigro, born in Boston in 1932, first discovered the art of photography at the age of 20. He attended Boston University to study piano, but in 1953, he was drafted and stationed in San Francisco as a photographer. There he met and studied with Benjamin Chin. Later, Caponigro studied under Minor White, who was a colleague and friend of Ansel Adams, Edwards Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. In 1958, Caponigro had his first solo exhibition at the George Eastman House. Over the next two years, Caponigro traveled cross country to photograph the American wilderness and National Park landscapes, staying with Ansel Adams. In 1960, Capinigro became a consultant for Polaroid Corporation in photo research department, as well as a photography professor at Boston University. In 1961, encouraged by Ansel Adams, Dr. Erwin Land & Polaroid acquired works by Caponigro for their collection. This was the year of his first appearance in Aperture. Caponigro has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants.