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Michael Kenna

B. United Kingdom, 1953

The Works

12

1

Michael Kenna

Confessional, Study 6, Chiesa Di Sant’andrea, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2008

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

2

Michael Kenna

Confessional, Study 22, Chiesa Di San Giovanni Evangelista in Santo Stefano Protomartire, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2007

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

3

Michael Kenna

Confessional, Study 52, Chiesa Di Santa Maria Assunta, Minozzo, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2015

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

4

Michael Kenna

Confessional, Study 55, Chiesa Di Santa Maria Assunta, Felina, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2015

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

5

Michael Kenna

Hillside Fence, Study 3, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan

2008

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

6

Michael Kenna

Hillside Fence, Study 4, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan

2008

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

7

Michael Kenna

Seven Posts in Snow, Rumoi, Hokkaido, Japan

2004

Sepia toned silver gelatin print, printed 2008

8

Michael Kenna

Asparagus Sticks, Study 2, Biei, Hokkaido, Japan

2007

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

9

Michael Kenna

Structure and Thirty Six Posts, Lake Biwa, Honshu, Japan

2002

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

10

Michael Kenna

Persimmon Tree, Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy

2015

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

11

Michael Kenna

Ratcliffe Power Station, Study 46, Nottinghamshire, England

2003

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

12

Michael Kenna

Woodpile, Karlstejn, Czechoslovakia

1990

Sepia toned silver gelatin print

Michael Kenna

B. United Kingdom1953

Michael Kenna Portrait

B. United Kingdom1953

Biography

Michael Kenna travels around the world constantly photographing the varied landscapes of the planet, including China, the United States of America, Brazil, Czech Republic and Egypt. However, it is France and Japan that he has returned to most frequently. Kenna looks for interesting compositions and arrangements within the natural landscape. Working in a tradition that owes more to the Romantic landscape painters Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner than to trends of his contemporaries, Kenna’s vision of the landscape sees the human dwarfed by the grandeur of the natural world. He transforms the mundane into the extraordinary by registering the presence and absence of the human in the landscape.

Kenna prefers to photograph on his own, in silence, creating a sense of calm, solitude and tranquillity in his photographs. Kenna’s photography places an emotional hold over its viewer through the atmospheric effects of photographing at night, in crepuscular light or in mist, fog and snow. Kenna does not seek to present an accurate copy of the world, but to extract something original and emotive from it. Kenna prints all his own work in the darkroom, ensuring that the tonality of his small, black and white images is evocative rather than informative, interpretive rather than documentary.

Michael Kenna was born in Lancashire, England in 1953. He pursued a degree in Photography at the London College of Printing. Kenna’s photographs are held in permanent collections at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has been exhibited globally including solo exhibitions in the United States, India, Japan and South Korea. Kenna is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Imogen Cunningham Award in 1981 and in 2003 he was made an Honorary Master of Arts at the Brooks Institute, California.

He lives and works in Seattle. 

 

Exhibitions

1

Confessional, Study 6, Chiesa Di Sant’andrea, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2008 Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna: Confessionali

27.6 - 15.72017

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