Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece

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Stonehenge Overview by Paul Caponigro

On the way to Santa Fe this week I stopped at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque to see the exhibition Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece. What immediately grabbed my attention was how much depth the silver prints had, especially this image by Paul Caponigro. The stones in this image glowed. The next day I visited the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe and vintage silver prints by Caponigro, Weston, Adams (Ansel and Robert), Friedlander and Lange were crammed into every conceivable space in that house. Of course I love photogravure and platinum-palladium prints, but the smoothness and luminescence of these glossy silver prints made me want to start working in silver again.