I’m really looking forward to October when Michael Kenna is coming to England. He’s a relative (second cousin I think but I can never quite figure it out) and a really well-respected photographer. He lives in Seattle and goes all round the world taking photos. It’ll be great because, even though we’re related, I’ve never met him. The two photos shown here are his.
Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England (where I live now). He attended The London College of Printing and began working as a photographer and artist. Moving to San Francisco in 1977, the city has remained his home ever since.
His work has been described as enigmatic, graceful and hauntingly beautiful. Photographs are often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night with exposures up to 10 hours. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the world with permanent collections in the Bibliotheque, Paris; The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He’s also done a lot of commercial work for such clients as Volvo, Rolls Royce, Audi, Sprint, Dom Perignon and The Spanish Tourist Board. Japan is one of 18 books of his photography to have been published.
What he has to say about photography will be fascinating because I love taking pictures too although only on a very amateur level. I put a video about Michael Kenna below.