Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna, Daybreak Reflection, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, 2018


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Michael Kenna, Huangshan Mountains, Study 25, Anhui, China, 2009

Huangshan Mountains - China

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Michael Kenna, The Rower, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1992

Czech Republic

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Michael Kenna, Toliman Volcano, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, 2003


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Michael Kenna, Nine Concretions, Koekohe Beach, Moeraki, New Zealand. 2013

New Zealand

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Michael Kenna, Floating Seaweed, Jeung-do, Shinan, South Korea, 2012

South Korea

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Michael Kenna, Seefeldquai Tree, Study 1, Zurich, Switzerland. 2013


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Michael Kenna, Flying Bird and Tree, Kytaivsky, Monastery, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013


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Michael Kenna, School Yard, Heptonstall, Yorkshire, England, 1983

United Kingdom

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Biographical Information

(British, b. 1953) Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England, and is one of the most influential landscape photographers working today. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction between the natural landscape and human-made structures. Kenna is both a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. With long time-exposures, which might last throughout the night, his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.

Kenna is particularly famous for the intimate scale of his photography and his meticulous personal printing style. He works in the traditional, non-digital, photographic medium. His exquisitely hand crafted black and white prints, which he still makes himself in his darkroom, reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality.

During Kenna’s career, his photographs have been shown in over four hundred and fifty one-person gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the world, and are included in over a hundred permanent institutional collections, including; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Over seventy monographs and exhibition catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Michael Kenna – A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli Press, 2000); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli Press, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Michael Kenna – A Retrospective (BnF, 2009); Immagini del Settimo Giorno (Skira, 2010); China (Posts and Telecom Press, 2014); France (Nazraeli Press, 2014); Forms of Japan (Prestel, 2015); Rafu (Nazraeli Press and Shuppan Kyodosha, 2018) and Beyond Architecture – Michael Kenna (Prestel 2019).

Related Michael Kenna News

Michael Kenna, Spring Poplar Trees, Pavia, Italy, 2019

Michael Kenna – Odyssey

May 26, 2020
This month we feature an online selection of recent and earlier photographs by Michael Kenna.  We join the artist in June 2020 to support the current food insecurities in local communities.  Up to 20% of each sale of a Michael Kenna photograph in this exhibit will be donated to Northwest Harvest, a local food bank.  Please inquire for current pricing.
Eirik Johnson, I LOVE YOU, 2015, archival pigment print, 40 x 32 inches, archival pigment print, edition of 5, $5500.

BE MINE – online exhibit

February 4, 2020
Our new online exhibit BE MINE is a selection of work by 25 artists in the spirit of seeking love, joy, comfort, color, and place.
Michael Kenna, Beyond Architecture

Michael Kenna – Beyond Architecture – Book Signing

November 20, 2019
MICHAEL KENNA – Beyond Architecture Book Signing at Peter Miller Books 304 Alaskan Way South, Post Alley Seattle, WA 98104
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G. Gibson – PHOTOLA 2019

January 27, 2019
PHOTOLA 2019 – Booth H06 January 31st – February 3rd, 2019