Michael Kenna (b. 1953) is an English photographer acclaimed for his elegant black-and-white photographs of landscapes. Kenna studied painting and photography at the Banbury School of Art and later attended the London College of Printing (now the London College of Communication). In 1977, he moved to America and has traveled widely since that time to photograph a variety of unique natural and historic landscapes. Kenna frequently takes his photographs near dawn or dusk, using long exposures to capture details that cannot be perceived by the human eye. The resulting photos are rich in gradations of black, gray, and white and often have a mysterious haunting quality. Kenna’s photographs are widely collected and have been exhibited at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and elsewhere.
Since the 1980s, Kenna has worked with distinguished publishers such as the Arion Press and 21st Editions to produce his work in book format. He has contributed photographs to roughly twenty-five books to date. Notable books to which he has contributed include Arion Press editions of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1985) and The Silverado Squatters (1996). For these editions, Kenna photographed historic landscapes relevant to the settings of the narratives. Kenna’s other books often feature landscapes from around the world. 21st Editions’ Huangshan: Poems from the T'ang Dynasty (2010) is one example. In this book, Kenna’s 13 platinum prints of the mountains in eastern China complement translations of Chinese poetry. Another is Henry James classic Mont-Saint-Michel.
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