Michael Kenna – Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery


November 14th – January 2nd


 Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street

Opening Times -Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm

Admission: FREE

For further information: 020 7434 4319/ gallery@chrisbeetles.com

A major London retrospective of work by the world’s greatest living landscape photographer. Kenna’s 1st exhibition in London for seven years, showcasing innovative new work and timeless classics.

From the 14th of November Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery will be displaying an exceptional collection of Michael Kenna’s timeless landscapes. Kenna is one of the most popular and influential landscape photographers of the last 50 years. With the use of unique minimalist imagery, which has managed to inspire many, and earned him a huge and loyal following.

Michael Kenna looks for interesting compositions and arrangements within the natural landscape. He is drawn to certain times of day and night, preferring to photograph in the mist, rain and snow – clear blue sky and sunshine do not inspire him. He only photographs his work in black and white, as he believes that: ‘black and white is immediately more mysterious because we see in colour all the time. It is quieter than colour.’

Kenna likes to photograph on his own, in silence, creating a sense of calm, solitude and tranquility in his photographs. As he said in an interview in 2009 with Fine Art Photography magazine:

 ‘I prefer suggestion over description. The world is pretty chaotic, seemingly always speeding up and getting louder and more visually dense. I am interested in finding and/or creating calm shelters from the storm, places where quiet and solitude is encouraged and inner contemplation possible. I think we could all use a break from time to time…’

Kenna currently lives in Seattle with his family and continues to travel the world producing new work. His photographs are held in permanent collections at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The work that Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery will be showing is a unique and mesmerising retrospective of Kenna’s work, which includes landscapes, architectural studies, cityscapes and other key images from his extensive and remarkable archive.

Information Courtesy: Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery