Michael Kenna

New York City & Mont St. Michel

September 5 – November 8, 2008

Chrysler Building, Study 3, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 1, New York, New York, USA, 2006
gelatin silver print
Manhattan Skyline, Study 1, New York, New York, USA, 2006
gelatin silver print
Mary Poppins Over Midtown, New York, New York, USA, 2006
gelatin silver print
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 4, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Central Park Bench, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Central Park Reservoir, New York, New York, 1998
gelatin silver print
Chrysler Building, Study 1, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
East 40th Street, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Central Park Bench, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Flatiron Building, Study 2, New York, New York, 2003
gelatin silver print
Winter Morning, Gramercy Park, New York, New York, 2003
gelatin silver print
Gramercy Park Overlook, New York, New York, 2003
gelatin silver print
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 4, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Brooklyn Bridge, Study 3, New York, New York, 2006
Chrysler Building, Study 1, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Empire State Building, Study 4, New York, New York, 2007
gelatin silver print
Midtown, High View, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Midtown From Union City, Study 2, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Hudson River Ferry, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Twin Towers, Study 2, New York, New York, 2000
gelatin silver print
Manhattan Bridge, Study 1, New York, New York, 2006
gelatin silver print
Low Tide, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Cloisters, Study 1, Mont St. Michel, France, 2000,
gelatin silver print
Floating Abbey, Mont St. Michel, France, 2000
gelatin silver print
Clin d'Oeil a Brassai, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998,
gelatin silver print
Clearing Storm, Mont St. Michel, France, 1991,
gelatin silver print
Receding Tide, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Abby Reflection, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Cloud Shadows, Study 3, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998,
gelatin silver print
Distant Glow, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Early Cloud Cover, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994,
gelatin silver print
Eglise Abbatiale, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998,
gelatin silver print
Four Finials, Mont St. Michel, France, 2000,
gelatin silver print
Gargoyle, Mont St. Michel, France, 1998,
gelatin silver print
Invitation to Prayer, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994,
gelatin silver print
Midday Prayer, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Outer Staircase, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
St. Aubert Chapel, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print
Sand Shadows, Mont St. Michel, France, 1994,
gelatin silver print
Winding Wall, Mont St. Michel, France, 2004,
gelatin silver print

Press Release

MICHAEL KENNA New York City and Mont St. Michel

September 5 - November 8, 2008 Opening reception, September 5, 6 – 8 pm

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present the gallery's third exhibition of photographs by internationally renowned photographer, Michael Kenna. The exhibition will feature a selection of Kenna's photographs of New York City and Mont St. Michel, France. The exhibition will be on view from September 5th through November 8th, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 5th (6-8 pm).

Few places have been photographed as frequently as New York City. Journalists and tourists, amateurs and master photographers have often rendered the city as it is, a bustling, frenetic, energizing metropolis. New York is "the city that never sleeps." However, Kenna's exquisite black and white photographs capture a calm, restful, and strangely tranquil New York. Iconic structures such as the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge rise above the city like quiet, sleeping giants. "Homage to Kertesz" reveals a snowy Gramercy Park garden to be vacant and silent. Kenna's formal, restrained compositions establish visual order in an otherwise chaotic environment, while his often dramatic perspectives and high contrast describe the energy, tension, and mystery characteristic of New York City.

Kenna has also turned his lens to the small French island of Mont St. Michel, just off the coast of Normandy, and the magnificent abbey perched atop. Drawn to the site at night, void of the tourists and cars that occupy the island during the day, Kenna captures the abbey as it was intended; a silent, sacred place for prayer and meditation. His photographs explore the ways light and shadows and clouds move around the mystical abbey, from the Gothic arches of the cloisters to the gargoyles and towers above.

Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England in 1953 and graduated from The London College of Printing in 1976. His work is the permanent collections of The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris; The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London among many others. His most recent publications include Mont St. Michel (Nazraeli, 2007), Hokkaido (Nazraeli, 2006), Retrospective Two (Nazraeli, 2004), Ratcliffe Power Station (Nazraeli, 2004), and Japan (Nazraeli, 2003). He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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