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Michael Kenna

American, b. 1953

Michael Kenna was born into a working class Irish-Catholic family in England. His upbringing originally inspired him to pursue priesthood and he attended a Catholic seminary school until 1972. After seminary school, his childhood love of art led him to study photography at the London College of Printing where he graduated in 1976. Working as a commercial photographer, Kenna moved to San Francisco in 1977.

Kenna’s photographic work focuses on landscape. He is considered a master in the art of contemporary photography. His approach to everyday scenery is enigmatic, leaving the viewer seduced. The mysterious aura of his photographs is created by long exposures that allow time and movement to be a part of the landscape, something the human eye so easily ignores in a glance.

The work of Kenna has been published, awarded, and collected for decades. He has published 47 books of his photography over his career of thirty years. His photography has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows internationally. The artwork of Kenna has been acquired by permanent collections as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A; Fonds national d’art contemporain, Paris, France; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

(Biography provided by PDNB Gallery)
Fourteen Trees, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
By Michael Kenna
Located in Sante Fe, NM
Michael Kenna is a master of contemporary photography. Known for clean compositions, long exposures and minimalist aesthetics, Kenna’s signature style remains highly influential amon...
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2010s Contemporary Michael Kenna

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Silver Gelatin

Notre Dame, Study 5, Paris, France
By Michael Kenna
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 25 Signed, titled, negative date, print date and numbered. Sepia toned gelatin silver print Michael Kenna's black and white photographs are powerful and alluring. His ima...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Michael Kenna

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Silver Gelatin

Line of Trees, Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
By Michael Kenna
Located in Sante Fe, NM
Michael Kenna is master of contemporary photography. Known for clean compositions, long exposures and minimalist aesthetics, Kenna’s signature style remains highly influential among ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Michael Kenna

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Brooklyn Bridge, Study 4, New York, New York, USA
By Michael Kenna
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 45 Signed, titled, negative date, print date, and numbered. Sepia toned gelatin silver print Michael Kenna's black and white photographs are powerful and alluring. Hi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Michael Kenna

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Silver Gelatin

Hilltop Trees, Study 4, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan. 2016
By Michael Kenna
Located in Sante Fe, NM
Michael Kenna is a master of contemporary photography. Known for clean compositions, long exposures and minimalist aesthetics, Kenna’s signature style remains highly influential amon...
Category

2010s Contemporary Michael Kenna

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Irving Park Tree, Study 2, Portland, Oregon, USA
By Michael Kenna
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 45 Signed, titled, negative date, print date and numbered by Michael Kenna Sepia toned gelatin silver print mounted on mat board. Mat board: 20 x 16 in., Image: 8 x 8 in. ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Michael Kenna

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Silver Gelatin

Line of Trees, Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
By Michael Kenna
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 25 Signed, titled, negative date, print date and numbered by Michael Kenna Sepia toned gelatin silver Michael Kenna's black and white photographs are powerful and allurin...
Category

2010s Contemporary Michael Kenna

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Snow Parfait Tree, Wakoto, Hokkaido, Japan
By Michael Kenna
Located in Dallas, TX
Edition of 25 Signed, titled, negative date, print date and numbered. Sepia toned gelatin silver Michael Kenna's black and white photographs are powerful and alluring. His imagery t...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Michael Kenna

Materials

Silver Gelatin

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Galleries Featuring Michael Kenna

photo-eye Gallery
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Weston Gallery
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PDNB Gallery
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Huxley-Parlour
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Peter Fetterman Gallery
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