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Making a splash in the press:

Glendalis in Blind Magazine by Miss Rosen

Glendalis by Angela Cappetta written in Blind Magazine by Miss Rosen.




i-d vice magazine feature of Glendalis by Angela Cappetta.

Angela Cappetta’s project Glendalis featured in i-D Vice.

Family Photography in NYC. Medium Format, with Real Film.

The Life of a Young LatinX Woman

The life and world of a young Latina. Glendalis is the miraculous protagonist of this body of work, with her friends and family present as an active, supporting cast. The work attempts to observe the life and world of a young Latina, by photographing pieces of her world. Layered in, and sometimes easily left out. In the constant search for Glendalis’ narrative as a young LatinX woman, I strive to determine if, through the admiration of the day-to-day, it is possible to know who one person is. The project exists in that very voyage. The work is shot exclusively in the pre-gentrified neighborhood of the Lower East Side. The family occupies a multigenerational house on Stanton Street. I was raised this way and relate to this family system.


Technical notes:

I hand process my own C41 film and RA4 prints. Mostly, I like my darkroom time. However, with a hands-on technique I get a better read on the color story of my negatives.

  • Color 6×9 with some 35mm and 70mm Negative Photography.
  • Chromagenic Prints Prints are 11×14 proof size, and 16×20 to 20×24 exhibition size.

Why I Use Real Film

I hand process my own C41 film in small batches in my darkroom and make RA4 prints.  I am, essentially, a darkroom photographer who is embraces every step. Besides, if it wasn’t messy it wouldn’t be any fun.

Why Shoot Medium Format

The choice of camera is as intentional as the choice of subject.  The gracious proportions of the 6×9 offers an opportunity to see a lot.  This particular viewfinder lets me see little details around the 4 lines of the frame. Plus, the parallax always leaves a little surprise when I’m looking at contact sheets. 

Each medium-format photograph can become its own, new fact. Leave it alone, let it happen, and fire at the right time. I use it like a bow and arrow.

I look through the viewfinder and wait for something beautiful. It isn’t me but the camera makes it special.  The story in front of the lens is the violin.  I’m plucking the strings of the moment to make a sound.  In the end, I have composed something that sounds like several instruments working in unison.  My own kind of symphony.


Docu-Style Lifestyle Film Photography, Lower East Side. Family photography in NYC. Select prints still available for sale.



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