Michael Kenna (1953 –     )

Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, Lancashire, England. His secondary education was spent at Upholland College, and he continued his education at the Banbury School of Art, Oxfordshire, where he studied fine arts with a special interest in photography.  In 1973, Kenna decided to concentrate on a three year photography curriculum at the London College of Printing, where he received distinctive honors. Kenna loved to walk and photograph in his environment, particularly the Richmond area of London. For several years he concentrated on the industrial north and west of England. Among his many different projects was the photographic studies of the Ratcliffe Power Station in Nottinghamshire, England; The Rouge Steel Plant in Michigan; Le Notre’s Gardens in France and most recently a study of sixty photographs entitled Monique’s Gardens.  Since his first exhibitions in England in the early 1970s, Kenna’s work has become a part of many permanent collections in the US and Europe including the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the San Francisco Museum of Modern of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Modern Art, Strasbourg, France and the Preus Photography Museum, Horten, Norway. Kenna resides in San Francisco with his wife Camille.  Kenna prints his own sepia toned, silver gelatin photographs in editions of 45 with 4 artists proofs. All editions are signed and numbered.