Known for ethereal tone and incredibly nuanced detail of his photographs, Michael Kenna is also a chronicler of environmental degradation. His images of an auto plant outside of Detroit, Michigan, are some of his best-known works. Long out of print, The ROUGE book has been brought back to life with a spectacular new design, an authoritative essay by art historian James Steward, and many previously unpublished images that were never part of the original series. As the city of Detroit struggles to reclaim its heritage as an American commercial and artistic hub, these photographs resonate more than ever with the stark realities and hidden beauty of the industrial landscape.
Kenna’s work has been shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the world, and has been collected by over eighty museums, including: The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; & the Seattle Art Museum.
Over fifty books and catalogs have been published on Kenna’s work, including; Rouge (Prestel 2016); Forms of Japan (Prestel 2015); In Hokkaido (RAM 2016); FRANCE (Nazraeli, 2014); Michael Kenna - A Twenty Year Retrospective (Treville, 1994 and Nazraeli Press 2000); Rouge (Ram, 1995); Le Notre’s Gardens (Ram, 1997); Impossible to Forget (Marval and Nazraeli Press, 2001); Japan (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2003); Retrospective Two (Nazraeli Press and Treville Editions, 2004); Hokkaido (Nazraeli Press 2006); Mont St Michel (Nazraeli Press 2007); Huangshan (Nazraeli Press 2010); and Shinan (Nazraeli Press 2013).
In 2013, Michael was chosen as the Hae-sun Lee Photography Award prizewinner by the Photographic Artist Association of Korea. And in 2001, Kenna was made a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture in France.
Michael Kenna was born in Widnes, England in 1953, and he currently lives with his family in Seattle, Washington. Kenna's work has been represented by G. Gibson Gallery since the gallery opened in 1991.