Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

 

EN – Michael Kenna (born 1953) is an English photographer best known for his black & white, unusual, landscapes with ethereal light achieved by photographing at dawn or at night with exposures of up to 10 hours.  Kenna attended Upholland College in Lancashire, the Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire, and the London College of Printing. In the 1980s, he moved to San Francisco and worked as Ruth Bernhard‘s printer.  Since about 1986 he has mainly used Hasselblad medium format and Holga cameras and this accounts for the square format of most of his photographs. The main exception was for the photographs in Monique’s Kindergarten for which a 4×5 large format camera was employed. His work has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia and Europe. He has photographs in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Patrimoine photographique inParis, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His photography of the ruins of concentration camps was featured in the opening credits of the Holocaust film Esther’s Diary(2010). In 2000, the Ministry of Culture in France made Kenna a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

ITMichael Kenna (nato nel 1953) è un fotografo inglese noto per i suoi scatti in bianco e nero,  alquanto insoliti, soprattutto paesaggi fiabeschi illuminati da una luce eterea tipica  dell’alba o della notte, con esposizioni lunghissime addirittura fino a 10 ore. Kenna frequentato l’Upholland College nel Lancashire, la Scuola d’Arte Banbury nell’Oxfordshire, e il London College of Printing. Nel 1980, si trasferisce a San Francisco e lavorando come stampatore di Ruth Bernhard. Dal momento che nel 1986 si  utilizzavano principalmente dorsi Hasselblad a medio formato e Holga si spiega il  il motivo per cui il formato quadrato rappresentava la maggior parte delle sue fotografie. Eccezione principale è stata fatta per le fotografie nella scuola materna di Monique per i quali è stato impiegato un formato  4 × 5  su fotocamera di grande formato. Il suo lavoro è stato esposto in gallerie e esposizioni museali in Asia, Australia ed Europa. Ha fotografie nelle collezioni della Galleria Nazionale d’Arte a Washington, il Patrimoine Photographique di Parigi ed il Museo delle Arti Decorative di Praga, e il Victoria and Albert Museum di Londra. La sua fotografia delle rovine dei campi di concentramento è stato descritto nei titoli del film Shoah diario di Esther (2010) di apertura. Nel 2000, il Ministero della Cultura in Francia ha fatto Kenna Cavaliere dell’Ordine delle Arti e delle Lettere.

Michael Kenna

 

Michael Kenna

 

Publications

  • Michael Kenna Photographs. Stephen Wirtz Gallery and The Weston Gallery, 1984
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles. Arion, 1985; Northpoint, 1986
  • 1976-1986. Gallery Min, 1987
  • Night Walk. Friends of Photography, 1987
  • Michael Kenna. Min Gallery, 1990
  • Le Desert de Retz. Arion, 1990
  • The Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation, 1991
  • A Twenty Year Retrospective. Treville, 1994; Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2002
  • The Rouge. Ram, 1995
  • The Silverado Squatters. Arion, 1996
  • Monique’s Kindergarten. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 1997
  • Le Notre’s Gardens. The Huntington Library, Art Collections Library and RAM Publishing, 1997 and 1999
  • Night Work. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2000
  • Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After. Marval; Nazraeli, 2001
  • Easter Island. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2001
  • Japan. Portland, OR: Nazraeli; Treville Editions, 2002
  • Calais Lace. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2003
  • Boarding School. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2003
  • Ratcliffe Power Station. OR: Nazraeli, 2004
  • Retrospective Two. Portland, OR: Nazraeli; Treville Editions, 2004
  • Hokkaido. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2005
  • Montecito Garden. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2007
  • Mont St Michel. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2007
  • Mont-Saint-Michel. 21st, 2007
  • Images of the Seventh Day, 2011
  • In France. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2012

 

Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

 

 

 

 

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Michael Kenna