MICHAEL KENNA

2 NOVEMBER 2012 - 2 JANUARY 2013

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.

Michael Kenna is one of the most popular and influential landscape photographers of the last 50 years. His unique minimalist imagery has inspired many, and earned him a huge and loyal following. Fans of Kenna's photography will be delighted to learn of his 1st major retrospective exhibition in London.

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."

Sir Elton John, a long-term collector of his photographs, wrote the following about Michael's work as the foreword to our exhibition catalogue:

"Elegant. Serene. Meditative. This is why I was first attracted to Michael Kenna's work. Since the early 1990s, I have built a substantial collection of his photographic prints. I am still captivated by the mystery of his night images and the sophisticated simplicity of his landscapes. One also has to admire his personal dedication to the fine craft of making flawless, impeccable prints. Like Kenna, I am drawn to the brilliant work of Bill Brandt, Joseph Sudek, Alfred Stieglitz and Harry Callahan. The influence of these artists, along with his own interpretive style, creates a brilliant serenity that captivates me with every image. "

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.

TOPIARY AND COLUMN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND, 2005 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TOPIARY AND COLUMN, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND, 2005

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PERSPECTIVE OF TREES, TSARSKOE SELO, RUSSIA, 1999 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PERSPECTIVE OF TREES, TSARSKOE SELO, RUSSIA, 1999

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LONE TREE, BIBAUSHI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LONE TREE, BIBAUSHI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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TORII GATE, SHOSANBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TORII GATE, SHOSANBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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WINTER SEASCAPE, WAKKANAI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WINTER SEASCAPE, WAKKANAI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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WHITE COPSE, STUDY 3, WAKKANAI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WHITE COPSE, STUDY 3, WAKKANAI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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SEVEN POSTS IN SNOW, RUMOI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SEVEN POSTS IN SNOW, RUMOI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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STARK OUTLOOK, KUCHARO LAKE, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STARK OUTLOOK, KUCHARO LAKE, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2004

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ASPARAGUS STICKS, STUDY 1, BIEI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2007 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ASPARAGUS STICKS, STUDY 1, BIEI, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2007

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TAUSHUBETSU BRIDGE, NUKABIRA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TAUSHUBETSU BRIDGE, NUKABIRA, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN, 2008

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LIJIANG RIVER, STUDY 4, GUILIN, CHINA, 2006 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LIJIANG RIVER, STUDY 4, GUILIN, CHINA, 2006

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REFLECTED TREE, HONGKUN, ANHUI, CHINA, 2007 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

REFLECTED TREE, HONGKUN, ANHUI, CHINA, 2007

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HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 1, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 1, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008

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HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 11, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 11, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008

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HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 8, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY NO 8, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008

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HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY 42, ANHUI, CHINA, 2010 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUANGSHAN MOUNTAINS, STUDY 42, ANHUI, CHINA, 2010

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SEAWEED BEDS, JEUNG-DO, SHINAN, SOUTH KOREA, 2012 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SEAWEED BEDS, JEUNG-DO, SHINAN, SOUTH KOREA, 2012

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LAKE BRIDGE, HONGKUN, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LAKE BRIDGE, HONGKUN, ANHUI, CHINA, 2008

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SINGLE BOAT, KERALA, BACKWATERS, INDIA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SINGLE BOAT, KERALA, BACKWATERS, INDIA, 2008

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TEA ESTATES, STUDY 1, KERALA, INDIA, 2008 by MICHAEL KENNA (Born 1953) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TEA ESTATES, STUDY 1, KERALA, INDIA, 2008

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