Featured photographer: Michael Kenna

08Jul08

Every since I bought one of his calendars at least 5 years back and discovered his work, I’ve been a big fan of Michael Kenna’s photos. There is a quietness and calmness to his images. He seems to crystallize the essence of his subjects into such simplicity and form.

If you don’t know who he is, and even if you do, I highly recommend you check out Michael Kenna’s website. To know more about him, check out this Youtube video I just discovered today (hence the reason for this post).

The video has an introduction to his work about 2 minutes into stream, and I think it nicely captures the type of images he shoots:

Michael Kenna is arguably the most influential landscape photographer of his generation. Often working at dawn or during the night, he has concentrated primarily on the interaction between the ephemeral atmospheric conditions of the natural landscape, and human-made structures and sculptural mass. Over twenty books and catalogs have been published on his work, the subjects of which range from The Rouge in Dearborn, Michigan to the snow-cover island of Hokkaido, Japan.

His images frame the kind of simplicity and focus I’d love to achieve.

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One Response to “Featured photographer: Michael Kenna”

  1. Beverly Hills, CA – World-renowned, British-born, photographer Michael Kenna and Brazilian-born Hollywood author and actress Bianca Rossini collaborated to create a book of 45 black and white photographs and poetry titled “Love in black and white” Published by Nazraeli Press in Summer-2009.

    “Love in black and white is a work of extraordinary collaborative passion” – Don Heckman.

    Read more: http://www.biancarossini.com/column20.pdf

    Watch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAntEreiFSE



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