Book: Bruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland

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book-wilcox.jpgBruce Davidson/Paul Caponigro: Two American Photographers in Britain and Ireland

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

(Yale University Press)

Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) and Paul Caponigro (b. 1932) are considered two of the greatest American photographers of their generation. Working in different traditions, and exhibiting fundamentally distinct approaches, they are both observers whose art has inspired and provoked. This book, the first to pair the two, examines the work they produced during visits to Britain and Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s.

Davidson trained his camera on the gamut of British society, travelling from London to Scotland and later to the mining region of Wales. 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.

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