Michael Kenna: Mont St. Michel / New Work March 7 — April 19, 2008

With more than twenty books published on his work, Michael Kenna shows no signs of slowing down in his endless pursuit of nature's haunting beauty. Whether working in his native England, Easter Island, the coastal towns of France or the islands in Japan, Kenna seeks places of solitude which speak volumes about humanity.

Barren seascapes, abandoned fishing nets, fragmented piers, mysterious horizons, trees emerging from under snow drifts – these are just some of the images which dominate Michael Kenna's work from Japan. The result of his efforts can be seen in two books, Hokkaido (2006) and Japan (2002), both published by Nazraeli Press.

His newest book, Mont St Michel, continues his passion for solace. Originally built as a community for Benedictine monks, Mont St Michel became a place of prayer, meditation and silence. Kenna made many journeys to Mont St Michel, staying for days at a time, living among the residents, following their codes of silence and prayer. Armed with a camera, Kenna walked the halls, crypts and towers, watching shadows sneak their way around columns and spires, recording the passing of time.

Mont St Michel is dedicated to Michael's father who recently passed away. As Kenna states in his introduction: "My dad was a quiet man, he didn't seem to have a need to talk very much...We walked pretty much everywhere, and I liked to walk with my Dad...I think the time in-between destinations was most special for me. We didn't need to say very much to each other. Walking, observing, listening, waiting. Somehow I associate those walks with my time at Mont St Michel...He taught me that it's alright to walk alone sometimes."

Whether photographing in Mont St Michel, Japan, China, or the United States, Michael Kenna invites the viewer to walk along with him as he captures moments between events, when human presence seems right around the corner and silence is always present.

All images are available as 8 x 7 1/2" toned gelatin silver prints mounted and matted on 20 x 16" board made in an edition of 45. Pieces range in price from $2000 to $7500, depending on where they are in the edition.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Michael Kenna
Abbey Reflection, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Asparagus Sticks, Study 1, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Asparagus Sticks, Study 2, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 1, New York, USA, 2006
Michael Kenna
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 2, New York, USA , 2006
MIchael Kenna
Chapel and Rocks, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Chrysler Building, Study 2, New York, New York, USA, 2006
Michael Kenna
Copse and Tree, Mita, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Dawn Mist, Mont St Michel, France , 1994
Michael Kenna
Early Cloud Cover, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994
Michael Kenna
Eglise Abbatiale, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998
Michael Kenna
Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, USA , 2006
Michael Kenna
Fishing Boats, Tung Ping Chau, Hong Kong, China, 2007
Michael Kenna
Five Canopies, Granville, France, 2007
MIchael Kenna
Floating Abbey, Mont St. Michel, France, 2000
Michael Kenna
Full Moonrise, Chausey Islands, France , 2007
Michael Kenna
Futatsu Rocks, Study 2, Abashiri, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
MIchael Kenna
Gabriel's Tower, Study 2, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Gargoyle, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998
Michael Kenna
Invitation To Prayer, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994
Michael Kenna
Kurosawa's Trees, Memanbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, 2004
Michael Kenna
Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 3, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2005
Michael Kenna
Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 5, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 6, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 7, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
Michael Kenna
Last Light, Tai-O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China, 2007
Michael Kenna
Light Line, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994
Michael Kenna
Low Tide, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Manhattan Skyline, Study 1, New York, USA, 2006
Michael Kenna
Mary Poppins Over Midtown, New York, USA, 2006
Michael Kenna
Midday Prayer, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Monastery Walls, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004

Michael Kenna
Night Steps, Mont St. Michel, France , 2004
Michael Kenna
November Clouds, Mont St. Michel, France, 2000
Michael Kenna
Outer Staircase, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004
Michael Kenna
Parapet Lookout, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998
Michael Kenna
Pine Trees, Wolcheon, Gangwando, South Korea, 2007
Michael Kenna
Receding Tide, Mont St. Michel, France , 2004
Michael Kenna
Rising Sun, Wakasa, Hokkaido, Japan , 2007
Michael Kenna
Skyline, Study 1, Shanghai, China, 2006
Michael Kenna
Skyline, Study 2, Hong Kong, (Night), 2006
Michael Kenna
Swirling Clouds, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994
Michael Kenna
Three A.M., Mont St. Michel, France, 1998
Michael Kenna
Tree Line, Hamakoshimizu, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007
MIchael Kenna
Winding Wall, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004