A photograph in the "Medusa" series (Photo by Angela Cappetta)

Photographer Angela Cappetta has a new show opening this weekend at the Medusa General Store as part of their MGS Projects series. “Medusa: A Love Letter to the Mountains” reflects on the working farm community of Medusa in Upstate New York. The hamlet is tiny–it had a population of only 376 people during the 2000 census. Cappetta’s photographs of Medusa were handprinted in her own darkroom, which is pictured below.

Negatives drying in Angela Cappetta's darkroom (Photo by Angela Cappetta)


Cappetta's basement darkroom. A Lee Friedlander poster hangs above the sink. (Photo by Angela Cappetta)


Legend has it that Cappetta's print flattener once belonged to Gary Winogrand (Photo by Angela Cappetta)

Cappetta’s photography has been collected by institutions like the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and by private collectors like Agnes Gund. Some of you may be familiar with Cappetta’s documentary and commercial work, which has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazar, and The New Yorker, but this new show is an opportunity to see another side of this versatile photographer. These contemplative images of Medusa have a real sense of place and are quite intimate for a series comprised largely of landscapes. Each photograph is a like a visual poem, capturing some small, quiet moment in the rural Upstate hamlet.

Legless deer in Medusa, NY

A Photograph from the "Medusa" series (Photo by Angela Cappetta)

The opening reception for “Medusa” takes place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd at the Medusa General Store.

And if you can’t make it, don’t worry. You can peruse Cappetta’s photo series from the comfort of your own living room. To see more of Cappetta’s work, please visit her website.

A photograph from the "Medusa" series (Photo by Angela Cappetta)

This is the second installment in Gwarlingo’s “Creative Spaces” series. To see the first feature on MacArthur fellow Anna Schuleit, click here.

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