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Creator Name: Kenna, Michael
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1953
Biography: Michael Kenna American, b. England, 1953-Mystery and a sense of Gothic romance inhabit the photographs of Michael Kenna. It is not insignificant that his first camera was a Diana box camera, given to him in 1966, because the inherent soft-focus of that simple apparatus characterizes his later medium- and large-format works. He is known primarily for his atmospheric landscapes and astute handling of light, line, texture, and form. Ruth Bernhard, whom Kenna met in 1978, and Ansel Adams, with whom he worked as a technical assistant (1982, 1983), influenced his sensibility. Born in Widnes, Kenna was educated at St. Joseph's College (1965-72), the Banbury School of Art (1972-73), and the London College of Printing (H.N.D. in photography, 1976). From 1973-77 he worked for magnum Photos in London and as assistant to Anthony Blake at cbs. In 1977 he moved to the United States, settling in San Francisco. Kenna has had well over 40 one-person and more than 80 group exhibitions since 1978 throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Among his awards are the Imogen Cunningham Award (1981), the Art in Public Buildings Award from the California Arts Commission (1987), and the Institute for Aesthetic Development Award, Pasadena (1989). Kenna's photographs have illustrated limited-edition printings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale The Hound of the Baskervilles (1985, 1986). Additional publications include Michael Kenna, Photographs (1984), Michael Kenna 1976-1986 (1987), Night Walk (1988), Le Désert de Retz (1990), Michael Kenna: A Twenty Year Retrospective (1990), and The Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing. Photographs by Michael Kenna (1991). Kenna lives in San Francisco. A.W.
Creator Name-CRT: Michael Kenna
Title: Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, England
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1977
Creation End Date: 1977
Creation Date: 1977
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print, sepia toned
Dimensions: Image: 15.2cm x 24.2cm
Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto: "1977 Michael Kenna [signed]"; in pencil on verso: "BROUGHTON CASTLE-OXFORDSHIRE-/ENGLAND"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1993.100
Credit Line: Gift of William A. Chilcote and Barbara S. Kaplan in honor of Evan H. Turner
Copyright: Copyright ? Michael Kenna
AMICA ID: CMA_.1993.100
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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