Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland Jennifer A. Watts, Scott Wilcox

Publication date:
20 May 2014
Yale University Press
220 pages: 267 x 241mm
195 color + duotone illus.
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Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) and Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) are two of the greatest American photographers of their generation. Working in different traditions, and exhibiting fundamentally distinct approaches, they are both brilliant observers whose art inspires and provokes. This book, the first to pair the two, examines the work they produced during visits to Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The gritty sensibility that made Bruce Davidson’s series Brooklyn Gang such a sensation was unmistakable as he trained his camera on the gamut of British society, travelling from London to Scotland and later to the mining region of Wales. Paul Caponigro, steeped in a formalist black-and-white landscape tradition, made expressive portraits of prehistoric stone circles, dolmens, and ancient Irish churches in the landscape. Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro brings the work of these artists together into a dramatic visual dialogue.

Jennifer A. Watts is curator of photographs at the Huntington Library. Scott Wilcox is chief curator of art collections and senior curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.

‘At first glance this beautifully produced publication is an unlikely pairing of two hugely influential American photographers. What emerges is a dialogue between two dominant historical photographic genres; modernist landscape photography, deeply rooted in a tradition of mysticism, and social documentary photography, often depicting people living on the margins of society.’—Anthony Haughey, Irish Arts Review