9 х 6.5 in. cm.
Michael Kenna, Charles Bridge (Study #4), 1989. Mounted gelatin silver print, image size is 9 x 6 1/2 inches (22.9 x 16.5 cm), mount size is 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Signed and dated by artist in pencil mount recto; signed, titled, dated and annotated "Print #143" in pencil by artist within artist's credit stamp mount verso. Printed 1990.
Michael Kenna, River Thames, London, England (Homage to Brassai), 1983. Sepia and selenium toned gelatin silver print, image size is 5 1/4 x 8 inches (13.3 x 20.3 cm); sheet size is 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Signed by artist in pencil, artist's credit stamps with title, date and identification of print as "171" in a limited edition for The Friends of Photography, 1985. Printed 1985.
For over three decades, Michael Kenna has viewed and captured landscapes in ways quite out of the ordinary. His mysterious photographs, often made at dawn or in the dark hours of night, concentrate primarily on the interaction of the ephemeral atmospheric conditions of the natural landscape and human-made structures. Kenna is a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of the day when light is at its most pliant. With nighttime exposures of up to ten hours, his photographs often record details that are usually invisible to the human eye.
Kenna's intimate and exquisitely crafted black and white prints reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality. His work has been shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, and is included in the permanent collections of The National Gallery, Washington, D.C., The Patrimoine Photographique, Paris, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Over twenty books and catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Michael Kenna - A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli Press 2000); The Rouge (Ram, 1995); Le Notre’s Gardens (Ram, 1997); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli Press, 2001), Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003), and Retrospective Two (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2004).
In 2000, Kenna was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France.