Michael Kenna : Japan (signed)

JAPAN signed by Michael Kenna
95 Photographs
hardcover, 32cm x 33cm x 3cm (2 kgs)
published by: Nazraeli Press, USA
5th printing with limited 2000 copies
ask price please call:1839 Contemporary Gallery(+886+2+2778 8458)

Michael Kenna’s photographs have mysterious, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful describe the Japanese landscape. The photographs in Kenna’s important monograph, Japan, are the result of an ideal pairing of artist and subject. Kenna has had a large following in Japan ever since his first exhibition there in 1987. His many subsequent exhibitions and publications in Japan have provided him with ample opportunities to visit and photograph.
Superbly printed in tritone, Japan is hardbound in red cloth and presented in a Japanese folding slipcase. Text in Japanese and English by Kotaro Iizawa.

Kenna’s Japanese landscapes are weightless and look like they are dancing buoyantly in midair. Mountains are not solidly stable on the earth, they look insecure, as if they could be blown away by a single breath. Trees look like they are about to walk off to another place. Islands floating in lakes look as if they could be drifting on waves.
Kenna has effortlessly realized the task of “photographs written in short poem form” which Japanese photographers starting with Shinzo Fukuhara have been trying to create for many years.

Kohtaro Iizawa (a Japanese photography critic)

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