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.
Sir Elton John
Ever since his first visit to Japan in 1987, Michael Kenna’s attention has been pulled East. This book takes us on a journey through Asia, across the landscapes of India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South Korea and Japan.
Our world is fast-paced, noisy, colourful, and packed with distractions. I try to provide an oasis, a place of rest, somewhere to meditate for a while. Calmness, solitude, a moment to breathe – these are some aspects of the work.