Michael Kenna

I can’t remember how I came across the photos of Michael Kenna, but I instantly became smitten with their haunting simplicity. As you can see above his photos are extremely minimal, a wash of cream with black objects poking up here and there. My favorites are his series from Hokkaido, Japan which were taken there in the winter, obviously to give him even more white to use. His website has a ton of his work, starting with this year and going back as far as 1976!

I also came across this YouTube video talking about Michael and his process. I would like to say that video is kind of pretentious sounding and maybe he takes himself a little too seriously, but it’s always nice to see the behind-the-scenes of a cool photographer.


September 16, 2008