MICHAEL KENNA Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Photography gallery

MICHAEL KENNA | Chris Beetles Fine Photographs


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Chris Beetles Fine Photographs is pleased to announce their next exhibition:

Michael Kenna

14 November 2012 - 2 January 2013

The entire exhibition can now be viewed online at the below link:-


Ours will be Kenna's 1st exhibition in London for seven years, showcasing both
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.

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.'

We will be showing a retrospective of Kenna's work, including landscapes,
architectural studies, cityscapes and other key images from his extensive and
remarkable archive.

We do hope to see you during the run of the exhibition, however if you can't make it
to the show a 50 page fully illustrated catalogue is available at the usual price of
£10.00, plus postage and packaging (£2.00 UK, £2.50 EUROPE, £5.00 REST OF THE

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery soon,

With all best wishes,

Giles and Olivia

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs

3-5 Swallow St



020 7434 4319


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