2023 marks 50 years of photography by British artist Michael Kenna. Celebrated as one of the world’s most prominent landscape photographers, Kenna is known for his poetic black & white images from around the globe.
Kenna’s first solo exhibition at Jennifer Kostuik’s gallery focuses on trees, a mutual love of both artist and dealer. Featuring compelling images made in China, France, Italy and Japan during various seasons of the year, many created by long exposures and all personally printed by Kenna as beautiful time-honoured gelatin silver prints.
Kenna will be signing his recent book publication Trees at Kostuik Gallery on November 2nd from 5pm – 7pm, with several copies available for purchase. Trees features an introduction written by Chantal Colleu-Dumond, the Director of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France, and an essay written by Francoise Reynaud, a Photography historian and curator at Musee Carnavalet in Paris.
In 2022, Kenna was awarded the decoration of Officier des Art et des Lettres at Paris Photo by Rima Abdul Malak, the Minister of Culture in France. With this award, Kenna’s life archive is now being housed by the French State at the Mediatheque de Photographie et Patrimoine (MPP). The donation included 3,683 original silver gelatin photographic prints of images made in 43 different countries, along with their accompanying negatives and scans, 175,000 other negatives accompanied by their corresponding contact sheets, 6,422 working prints from 1983-2000, 1,280 Polaroid prints, 87 books and monographs printed on his work, and all the archives relating to his artistic activity for the past 50 years.
Book Signing with Artist in Attendance: November 2nd, 5pm – 7pm