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Monday, August 11, 2014

Aug 5 to Aug 30

Two Generations
Paul and John Paul
Caponigro

August 5 - 30
Reception | Tuesday, August 12, 5-6:30pm


©Paul Caponigro

The works of father and son Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro are featured in the photographic exhibit "Two Generations". It will highlight the careers of the family of artists as well as changing media and practices in the fine art of photography. The juxtaposition of different media may seem startling at first. While Paul is a traditional straight shooter, John is a process artist. Yet, after careful inspection, what is more apparent are the similarities. It becomes clear that each artist's work influences the other. Both artists share a strong dedication to their craft and a deep reverence for nature.

Fine art photographer Paul Caponigro’s fifty plus year career has been an illustrious one.  He is currently regarded as one of America’s foremost landscape photographers. Born in Boston in 1932, Paul Caponigro is renowned as one of America’s most significant master photographers. Paul was captured by photography early in life and the camera quickly became a lasting vehicle for reflection and discovery in nature. When he was thirteen, he began to explore the world around him with his camera and subsequently sustained a career spanning nearly fifty years. A student of Minor White he later discovered a kindred spirit with the west coast school of photography. In 1966 he began an enduring affinity with the megalithic structures of the British Isles. Paul Caponigro has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. Recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, Caponigro’s images will be found in most history of photography texts and contemporary art museums. His exquisite craft and intense mystical sensibility bring to light images of extraordinary wonder he describes as “dreams locked in silver”.

Paul's son, John Paul Caponigro, is one of the most prominent artists working in digital photography. His life-long study of the arts began at an early age with his family and later included undergraduate studies at Yale University. John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using state-of-the-art digital technology. Respected as an authority on creativity and fine art digital printing, he is a highly sought after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT and TEDx. He teaches workshops globally.  John Paul’s work has been published widely in numerous periodicals and books including Art News and The Ansel Adams Guide. A contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and a columnist for the Huffington Post, he is the author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class and the DVD series R/Evolution. John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Coloratti. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, Kodak, and Sony. His art has been exhibited internationally and purchased by numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian (a collection that includes items from every media he has worked in).  His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change.

 

Aug 6 to Sep 13

Brendan Bullock
Travel Journals

August 6 - September 13
Opening Reception | Thursday, August 7, 5-7pm
Artist Talk | Thursday, August 28, 5:30pm

PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04103
Monday - Wednesday 12-5pm and by appointment

 


©Brendan Bullock

Brendan Bullock’s Travel Journals serve as a documentation of his experiences across land and sea. Enticed by events world wide, Bullock has found himself amidst the largest livestock festival, Puskar Mela, in India; documenting humanitarian projects throughout Peru and Tanzania; and exploring the desolate ghost towns of Newfoundland. Using photography as a catalyst for interaction, Bullock’s deeply intimate images capture the visual and emotional moments most important to him. On photographing his travels, Bullock states, “I have strongly felt the experiences I have while traveling, and the interactions with those that I encounter, are more important than the pictures."

Brendan Bullock received his B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in 2001. He then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001 where he worked in fine art galleries while also assisting several fine art and documentary photographers. He relocated to Maine where he worked at Maine Media Workshops as a teaching assistant from 2009-2011 and taught his first solo workshop in 2014. Currently Bullock is a full time freelance portrait, editorial, and wedding photographer, as well as a nationally exhibiting fine artist. 

For more information, please visit PhoPa Gallery's website here.

Aug 11

August 11| 7:30 | Rockport Opera House | Upstairs | Free and Open to the Public

 

 

ARNO MINKKINEN

Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish American photographer, educator, curator, and writer with over two hundred one-person and group exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide. Six monographs have been published: Frostbite (Morgan & Morgan, 1978); Waterline (Marval, Aperture, and Otava, 1994), Grand Prix du Livre at the 25th Rencontres d’Arles; Body Land (Motta, Nathan, and the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997–1999); SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs (Chronicle Books, 2005), catalog for the show that traveled from the DeCordova Museum to Eastern Europe, Finland, Italy, China and Canada; Homework: The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008 (Like Publishing, Ltd., 2008), and Balanced Equation (Lodima Press, 2010). Minkkinen’s works are in prominent museum and institutional collections worldwide, for example: in France at the Georges Pompidou Center and Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris; in Finland at the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Helsinki; in Japan at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and in America, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. He is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Docent at Aalto University of Art, Design, and Architecture in Helsinki. In 1992, the Finnish government conferred the First Class Order of the Lion medal, and in 2006, awarded the Finnish State Art Prize in Photography. Last fall, Minkkinen received the 2013 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art at ceremonies in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Website: http://www.arno-rafael-minkkinen.com/

Arno will be teaching Why Not What at MMW + C

 

 

ELIZABETH OPALENIK

From her earliest days doing advertising and editorial assignments, Elizabeth Opalenik has been hired for the sense of poetic grace and movement she brings to her images.  As a fine art photographer Elizabeth now extends that sensibility to philanthropic projects documenting stories in the Amazon and South America for Medical Ministries International on projects concerned with eye care. She is a sought after educator for the sense of wonder and possibility she creates in her students.

Elizabeth’s heart is in her Oakland, California darkroom where she creates unique photographs in the Mordançage process, continuing to pioneer new possibilities with the signature veiled images. Platinum/palladium printing, hand-painting, and other diverse processes including paper making for books and printing remain a focus. From portraits to landscapes, her passion is working with images made involving water. She remains true to creating images in camera, but bridges technology, mixing digital and traditional when appropriate to utilize all the creative possibilities. Elizabeth uses images as stepping stones that trace where the mind has been, believing they reflect the unique vision that each of us carries through life.

Her innovative images are represented, collected and shown internationally and have been profiled in most major photographic publications. For nearly 30 years, she has conducted photography workshops in the United States, France, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and Argentina, privately and in conjunction with The Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, The British Guild of Portrait Photographers, Stanford Continuing Education, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Les Rencontres d’Arles, National Geographic Expeditions and others.

Website:  www.elizabethopalenik.com

Elizabeth will be teaching The Poetic Figure at MMW + C