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Paul Caponigro’s intensity of serenity

“Merced River, Yosemite, CA” from 1969.
“Merced River, Yosemite, CA” from 1969. Credit:

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Both emotionally and visually, Paul Caponigro’s photographs arise from a contradiction in terms. They display an intensity of serenity. That paradoxical combination may be what’s most distinctive about a distinguished career that’s now well into its sixth decade. Born in Boston and now living in Maine, Caponigro is most at home artistically anywhere that spirit becomes visible.

The most important word in the title of “Japan & Beyond: Photographs by Paul Caponigro,” which runs at Pucker Gallery through Oct. 6, is “beyond.” The show includes images not just from Japan, but also Pebble Peach, Calif., Monument Valley, Acadia, Yosemite, Nahant, Ireland, and even Kalamazoo, Mich. What such otherwise disparate places have in common, at least as rendered by Caponigro’s camera, is a sense of transcendence.

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