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Michael Kenna: A 20 Year Retrospective Hardcover – March 31, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Nazraeli Press; 3rd edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590050193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590050194
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For over thirty five years, British born Michael Kenna has been looking at 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 between the ephemeral atmospheric conditions of the natural landscape, and human-made structures and sculptural mass. Kenna is both a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. Using non digital equipment, his night time exposures can last up to ten hours, and his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.

Kenna's intimate, exquisitely hand crafted black and white photographic prints reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality. They have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the world and are included in such permanent collections as The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Shanghai Art Museum; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Over forty books and catalogs have been published on Kenna's work.


Website: www.michaelkenna.com

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His work is simple and profoundly engaging.
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I highly recommend his books if you are doing long exposure, B&W, or fine art photography.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John McPhee on December 31, 2008
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As an artist, Michael Kenna never fails to deliver excellence. Thankfully the printing in this book comes as close as it is possible in offset lithographic reproduction to remind us what his original art looks like. His work is a challenge to print, especially this well. Somebody cared a lot about this large, beautiful book from the beginning to end of the processes that created it. This is also the first book I had seen of Mr. Kenna's rich, long tonal range, emotive photographs. I was visiting a friend who opened it up during another conversation. I could not wait to have in in my hands and carefully appreciate what I could see and sense. I was delighted to be able to take an even closer look when I had a copy of my own. It completely captivates me and I did not want to stop looking. Each place is transformed by his personal moods and meanings. Each place can represent a kind of state of mind that is simultaneously stimulated by your personal aesthetic response. These are solitary places. many of which are almost mystical in their peaceful, contemplative invocations. I also felt part of every distinct place, page by page, instead of just being an observer or simply staring in appreciation of his fine craft. Kenna is the level of photographer that many others try to emulate or, failing that, take a far easier route, attempting to copy. Either way, they are compliments.

You will find several other books about Michael Kenna and his work but this book's illustrations are hard to beat taken as a collection. One could complain that any retrospective collection will suffer from its inability to form a coherent whole. However, that would be unfair to you, the reader, for each plate is ultimately experienced and explored one by one.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
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This book is a wonderful introduction and overview of the career of Micheal Kenna. Kenna's long-lived exposures and unusual eye for his subject material are unmistakably unique It is no wonder he is considered one of the world's most collectible photographers and apppeals to collectors just beginning to develop an interest in photography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2010
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This is a beautiful book which was shipped promptly and arrived in great shape. Michael's photos continue to glow with a quiet strength.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Porter on February 23, 2014
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A few observations. The cover photo on the book jacket is inconsistent with the tone of the photos inside. While both are monochromatic, the photos inside are sepia toned, I believe. It's just somewhat odd that the cover photo is not consistent with what's inside, and the toning is really more than I've ever observed with Kenna's work. The images in Retrospective II are not toned so heavily, if at all, nor are the images on his website, or his actual darkroom prints, from what I can remember. Nazraeli is a wonderful publisher, from what I understand, so I'm not sure what went wrong here.
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His is not just taking a photograph but creating his vision on film. I am amazed at his compositions and ability to take photography to a different level. I highly recommend his books if you are doing long exposure, B&W, or fine art photography. If you are a fellow photographer you can take a couple of hours and analyze his work and compare it to your own....you will then realize what a master he is at his craft. Everything is placed within the composition for a particular reason and his use of shades of gray / dodge & burning really is magical. You can see the time that must have gone into each location to capture these images. I have all his books and I recommend them all because each bring something new to his work and photography.
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