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Michael Kenna

Black and white photos – these are the types of images that made English snapper Michael Kenna famous in the world of photography. Born in 1953, Kenna was educated in Lanchashire’s Upholland College and Oxfordshire’s Banbury School of Art.

In the 1980’s, Kenna relocated to San Francisco, USA where he focused on unique images dawned with an ethereal beam. His beautiful portraits were the result of taking pictures during dawn or exposing the photos for as much as 10 hours. In 1986, he decided to use Holga cameras and the Hasselblad medium format, which gave him his distinctive square-shaped images.

Kenna’s memorable portraits have been showcased in many international museums, such as the Patrimoine Photographique in Paris, France; National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK; and Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.

Kenna is such a renowned personality in the art of photography that he was asked to write the forewords of picture books “Humans” by Mohammadreza Mirzaei in 2006 and “The Art of Adventure” by Bruce Percy in 2011.

For his contributions to the world of photography, Kenna was given several accolades, the made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters in France.



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