Oral history interview with Paul Caponigro

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.caponi99
Creators:
Caponigro, Paul, 1932-
Larsen, Susan C.
Dates:
1999 July 30-August 12
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
87 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Paul Caponigro conducted 1999 July 30-August 12, by Susan C. Larsen, for the Archives of American Art, at Caponigro's home, in Cushing, Maine.
Scope and Contents
Caponigro describes his childhood, military career, and travels through the southwest and northern California, his association with Minor White, exhibitions, publications, employment, and marriage to wife Eleanor.
Scope and Contents
Caponigro discusses the significance of his Stonehenge series of photographs; others' interpretations of his work; further exhibitions; and the role that his family's move to Santa Fe, New Mexico, has played in the evolution of his work.
Scope and Contents
Further discussion of the photographic scene in Santa Fe and its connection to American modernist photographers such as Paul Strand and Ansel Adams; travels; Guggenheim grant; the 1991 fall from a rocky ledge that was a physical and spiritual watershed in his life; and his new home in Cushing, Maine.
Scope and Contents
He recalls George Tice, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Bert Westin, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Oliver Gagliani, Beniamino Bufano, Morris Graves, Walter Chappell, Jerry Uelsmann, Carl Chiarenza, William Clift, Marie Cosindas, Peter Bunnell, John Szarkowski, Robert Singer, Beaumont Newhall, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ed Ranney, David Scheinbaum, Janet Russek, Lucien Clergue, and many others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Paul Caponigro (1932- ) is a photographer and teacher from New England and New Mexico.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 12 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 19 min.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photography, Artistic Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- Maine -- Cushing -- Interviews. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- New Mexico -- Santa Fe -- Interviews. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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White, Minor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lange, Dorothea Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tice, George A. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Strand, Paul, 1890-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Graves, Morris, 1910- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Szarkowski, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chappell, Walter, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Singer, Robert T. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bunnell, Peter C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chiarenza, Carl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cosindas, Marie, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Uelsmann, Jerry, 1934- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ranney, Edward. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scheinbaum, David, 1951- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Russek, Janet Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clergue, Lucien. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Westin, Bert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clift, William Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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