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Metro Portraits: Photographs 2003-2007 Paperback – July 30, 2012
About the Author
Ronald W. Kenyon was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He was admitted to the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied English, Spanish and political science and won two Hopwood creative writing awards. The recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, he attended graduate school at Stanford University and studied at St. Lawrence University under a National Defense Education Act scholarship. He was certified as a French-English liaison interpreter by the U.S. Department of State Office of Language Services. Ronald W. Kenyon has been taking photographs since childhood, using many cameras and photographic systems, including the elegant Olympus Pen-F half-frame single-lens reflex; the Leica IIIg and M-3, the Nikon-FE and the Rolleiflex 3.5 F twin-lens reflex. His last film camera was a Konika Revio Z2 using APS cartridges, the final attempt to produce a user-friendly film camera. He began digital photography using the built-in camera in the Palm Zire 71 personal digital assistant that was used to take the photographs in Metro Portraits and its companion volume, Metro Messages. Since then, he has used a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W40, and, most recently, the camera in the Apple iPhone. Ronald W. Kenyon participated in a three-person show at the Galerie Noir-et-Blanc in Paris in November 1976, the 5th Salon d'Art Photographique in Rambouillet, France in 1977, and the Exposition "Camera" in Versailles, France, in January 1978. His photography was awarded the Grand Prix by the Société Artistique of Fontenay-le-Fleury, France, in 1977. From 1979 through 1992 Ronald W. Kenyon's photographs were utilized for book and albums covers, calendar illustrations and post cards. In January 1980 Ronald W. Kenyon was chief photographer for a project to document traditional architecture in Asir Province, Saudi Arabia. Sixty-five of his photographs were exhibited at the 1st International Symposium on Islamic Architecture and Urbanism at King Faisal University in Dammam. Also by Ronald W. Kenyon: Divagations: Collected Poetry 1959-1996 A Winter in the Middle of Two Seas: Real Stories from Bahrain Monville: Forgotten Luminary of the French Enlightenment Monville: l'inconnu des Lumières Le Petit Kenyon: Dining in the Environs of Paris for Walkers Statues of Liberty: Real Stories from France On the Trail in France Photography: Metro Messages My Beautiful France: Landscapes Île-de-France, terres d'inspiration
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The images of the faces of men, women and children in Metro Portraits, derived from drawings, paintings and photographs, carry us through time and space. We forget that their source is the confined, underground labyrinth of the cellar of Paris--the Metro.
The portraits are full of life, and some of them might have been forgotten if Ronald W. Kenyon had not shown the perspicacity to immortalize them with his subterranean photographer's eye.
The city quickly consumes the images it offers us. It was important to the photographer that some are of them be preserved permanently and that they take their rightful place in the mosaic of faces from centuries past and from many different countries.
Additionally, the dimensions of the photographs in this collection and the large white space margins around them are perfectly adapted to the format of the book.