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 presence.
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
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 Sixth Avenue.
Caplain's published book, Illusions, the images taken through
store windows use and play off visual ambiguities of
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.