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Poplar Trees, Fucino, Abruzzo, Italy. 2016 ©Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna

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Confessional, Study 27, Chiesa dei Santi Giacomo e Filippo Apostoli, Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2007 ©Michael Kenna
Piccolomini Castle, Celano, Abruzzo, Italy. 2016 ©Michael Kenna
Bruce Tree, Torridon, Western Highlands, Scotland. 2015 ©Michael Kenna
Eighteen Hedges, Versailles, France. 1998 ©Michael Kenna
Bamboo and Tree, Qingkou Village, Yunnan, China. 2013 ©Michael Kenna
Punta Brava, Study 1, Ensenada, Mexico. 2008 ©Michael Kenna
Hillside Fence, Study 2, Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan. 2002 ©Michael Kenna
Wanaka Lake Tree, Study 1, Otago, New Zealand. 2013 ©Michael Kenna
Huangshan Mountains, Study 2, Anhui, China. 2008 ©Michael Kenna
The Rouge, Study 132, Dearborn, Michigan, USA. 1995 ©Michael Kenna
Huangshan Mountains, Study 56, Anhui, China. 2017 ©Michael Kenna
The Rouge, Study 140, Dearborn, Michigan, USA. 1994 ©Michael Kenna
Michael Kenna was born in 1953 in Lancashire, England. From an early age Kenna aspired to be a priest and, aged eleven, began studying at a seminary school. However, art quickly became his strongest subject and at the age of 17 he moved to Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire. He studied painting and then photography, before going on to pursue a degree in photography at the London College of Printing. Initially Kenna concentrated on commercial photography, however he soon turned to landscapes after seeing the work of Bill Brandt, Josef Sudek, Eugène Atget and Alfred Steiglitz, who were highly influential on him.

In 1977, Kenna moved to San Francisco for the opportunity to show and sell his work in galleries. There, he met Ruth Bernhard, who hired him as her printer in 1977. Over the next eight years, she introduced him to the creative potential of the printing process, in her unique methods of manipulating and interpreting a negative.

Kenna's photography focuses on unusual landscapes with ethereal light achieved by photographing at dawn or at night with long exposures of up to 10 hours. His images prefer an element of suggestion over detailed and accurate description.

Kenna has also done commercial work for such clients as Volvo, Rolls-Royce, Audi, Sprint, Dom Perignon and The Spanish Tourism Board.