"Jess Cappello is brought to life through the eyes of one who must have known and experienced the inner workings of a photographer. The exquisite detail developed to expose his challenging life is a wonderfully delightful read. By the end of book I was convinced I would want to exhibit the work of this amazing, more real than life, creative soul. Bravo! Bravo!" - Dennis High, Executive Director/​Curator, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California

"I read Exposures in one sitting. I was caught by the combination of the characters, their interactions and the insights into them, and the lovely fragments of description teased with art history. The story is so clean, and clear. Understated, I think is a good word. The relationships are allowed to evolve and aren't predictable. They seem real, true to whom the characters are." - Patricia Rogers, M.D.

"With vivid detail,†Exposures wraps the reader into the lives of two incredible characters who open our eyes to the world around us, as well as to the inner landscapes defined by heart, soul and life experience.†I wept, I cheered, and I could not put it down.†Exposures†throws the reader into the detailed world of a world-class photographer†Jess Cappello, mesmerizing the reader with true exposures of the heart and soul. Inspiration, heartbreak and true courage will keep you turning page after page and leave you wanting more! Remarkable!" - Yvonne Smith, Bella Design Group

Witness the opportunity that is youth and the journey that is age. A tale of two destinies, two passions undiminished by setback or denial.

Jess Cappello learned to photograph on the battlefields of Korea. Forty years later, at the apex of his career, the aged artist discovers he is losing his sight, and his muse--the dazzling young painter Catalina Brezza. Across the continent, Dr. Sarah Harte-Valentine is determined to prevent her daughter, the fiery redheaded ZoŽ, a teenage cello prodigy, from following in the footsteps of her wayward father, a London jazzman. At stake, an audition that could make, or break, ZoŽís promising career.

Pressed to desperate measures, Sarah brings ZoŽ with her on an outback photography expedition, led by famed New Mexican photographer Jess Cappello. When a mountain lion stalks the camp and Jess fails to make a critical shot that could save their lives, Sarah deciphers the secret of his failing eyesight. In the face of Sarahís formidable personality, an unexpected bond forms between the irascible photographer and the hot-headed rebellious teenager as Sarah barters the photographerís growing influence over her daughter against her medical ability to treat Jessí encroaching blindness. It is not until Jess returns with Sarah and her daughter to California and enters the world of ZoŽís music that he discovers the young cellist is driven by a passion and purity of instinct he understands. At stake is more than just one manís vision and one young girlís gift, but the absolute destiny of both.

First published 2000 by The Malvern Publishing Co. Ltd.,
United Kingdom
Second Edition Back in Print, Penguin/​AuthorHouse, 2005

Cover photograph:
Olive Grove at Hidden Villa, 2000, by Kenneth Grunzweig


"The exquisite detail...a wonderfully delightful read."- Dennis High, Curator, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

"The treat is to learn something from a book, to carry the characters around in my thoughts, to add "what ifs" to the ending. It's all there in Exposures. Beautiful..."- Patricia Rogers, M.D.

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