Photographer Michael Kenna - PhotoNOLA keynote lecture

Giza Pyramid, Study 5, Cairo, 2009 by Michael Kenna

Giza Pyramid, Study 5, Cairo, 2009 by Michael Kenna

World-renowned photographer Michael Kenna will deliver the keynote lecture for PhotoNOLA 2010 Festival of Photography from 7pm-9pm at the Historic New Orleans Collection's Williams Research Center. He will will present an overview of his work to date and will discuss his technical and aesthetic approach to the photographic medium.


 The lecture immediately follows the 5PM-7PM In-Print: Multi-Artists Book Signings at the same location. Kenna's books will be available for purchase on site at the event before the lecture through Octavia Books, to be signed after.


For over thirty-five years 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 a diurnal and nocturnal photographer, fascinated by times of day when light is at its most pliant. With night-time exposures of up to ten hours, his photographs often record details that the human eye is not able to perceive.


Falise d'Abal Par Nuit, Etretat, France by Michael Kenna

Falise d'Abal Par Nuit, Etretat, France by Michael Kenna

Kenna works in a traditional, non-digital photographic medium. His intimate, exquisitely hand crafted black and white prints reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality. His photographs have been shown in over six hundred gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the world, and are included in such permanent collections as The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2009 he was honored with a retrospective at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. A Gallery for Fine Photography will host an exhibition of Kenna’s work during PhotoNOLA.

Over fifty monographs and exhibition catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Michael Kenna – A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli, 2000); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Retrospective Two (Nazraeli, and Treville Editions, 2004); Venezia (Nazraeli, 2007); and Immagini del Settimo Giorno (Skira, 2010)

In 2001, Kenna was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France. Born in Widnes, England in 1953, he currently lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Free and open to the public :: Advance registration required


Event date: 

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St
70130 New Orleans

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