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Dynamic Range: Collecting Black and White Photography

Gallery 5

On View August 26, 2022 - March 5, 2023

Explore the work of photography greats Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Paul Caponigro and others, all drawn from the private collection of Dr. David Dennard.  Dennard, an avid photographer, was inspired by the Photo-secessionists, pictorialists and especially the transcendental work of Paul Caponigro and began slowly building a collection that covers a wide range of early to late 20th century works.  This exhibition considers the significance of these movements in American photography and the influence on artists today. A complementary small exhibition highlighting additional works by Paul Caponigro will be located along the ramp in Gallery 15 and will remain on display until April 10th, 2023.

A master photographer, Paul Caponigro has been at the forefront of American photography for the better part of seventy years.  Caponigro is renowned for his breathtaking, ethereal images that have often been described as intuitively spiritual, with subjects that range from still lifes to landscapes and natural forms. The artist also trained as a concert pianist and credits music as being essential to his photographic work.

Originally from Boston, Caponigro studied at the Boston University College of Music, followed by the California School of Fine Art, where celebrated photographer Ansel Adams established one of the first photography programs in the United States. The artist has photographed all over the world and received numerous international awards and fellowships.


Organized by the Hunter Museum of American Art.


Image Credit: Paul Caponigro (b. 1932), Rock wall, Connecticut, 1958, gelatin silver print, 31 x 27.5 inches. Collection of David Dennard.


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