Photographing since 1965, Ron Caplain began with black
and white landscapes, then turned to street photography,
capturing images of people who are not aware of his
A member of the Copley Society, Caplain has received
two distinction awards from the Royal Photographic
Society of England. He has exhibited in New York City,
Boston and locally in the Southern New England area.
His photographs are in the collections of the Diaspora
Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and
the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris.
See more at http://www.ron-caplain-photography.com/
He began using a darkroom to
develop his work, but in the last five years he
has abandoned film for digital
images. Although the pictures look like
they are digitally manipulated or
corrected, they are not. They are
all essentially unmodified
photographs, except for a mild tweaking
of contrast and color in the
computer program Photoshop.
His work includes a series of photographs
of the gay parades in New York and
Boston. He has photographed in Vietnam,
Peru, and throughout Europe.
New York City has been
a fount of images. Caplain has photographed
a retirement community, a park south of
Canal Street, a basketball court on West 4th
Street and Sixth Avenue, tourists in
Times Square and Rockefeller
Center, buildings and graffiti in Harlem,
and the local commuters at 34th Street and
In Caplain's published book,
Illusions, the images taken through
store windows use and play off
visual ambiguities of transparency.
A railroad buff, he takes the
train into New York City for the day,
wandering the streets photographing places
and people that reflect the pulse and beat
of the city.