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Michael Kenna was born in 1953 in Widnes, Lancashire, England. As one of five children in a working class Catholic family, he initially aspired to enter the priesthood but his passion for the arts subsequently led him to The Banbury School of Art where he studied painting and then photography.
Later he attended The London College of Printing and began working as a photographer and artist. He moved to San Francisco in the late seventies and worked as Ruth Bernhard's photographic printmaker for the next decade. It was during this time that he began to have gallery exhibitions of his own prints. To date he has had over 600 exhibitions throughout the world. Michael has since moved to Seattle, Washington where he now lives and works, when he is not traveling.
Huangshan Mountains, Study 20
Anhui, China - 2009
For over three decades Kenna has been looking at landscapes in ways quite out of the ordinary. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the ephemeral atmospheric conditions of the natural landscape, and
human-made structures and sculptural mass.
The Rouge, Study 100
Dearborn, Michigan, USA - 1995
Kenna’s intimate, exquisitely crafted black and white prints reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality. His work has been shown in numerous museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe, Russia and The United States, and is included in such permanent collections as The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
East Sea Tide, Hoojeong Beach
Gyeongsangbukdo, South Korea - 2010
Over forty books and catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including:
Michael Kenna - A Twenty Year Retrospective
Treville 1994 - Nazraeli Press 2000
Le Notre’s Gardens - Ram 1997
Impossible to Forget - Marval and Nazraeli Press 2001
Japan - Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions 2003
Retrospective Two - Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions 2004
Images of the Seventh Day - Skira 2010
Huangshan Mountains, Study 1
Anhui, China - 2008
Kenna has also done a great deal of commercial work for such clients as Audi, Dom Perignon, HSBC, Mazerati, Rolls Royce, and
The Spanish Tourist Board
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