Michael Kenna in Harmony with Chinese Poetry

In 2007, 21ST Editions published, Mont-Saint-Michel illustrated with signed platinum prints by Michael Kenna and text by Henry Adams. The entire edition sold out, sight unseen, in only fourteen days. That title then went on to win the 2008 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Award Silver Medal for “Best Book Arts Craftsmanship.”

21ST is now pleased to announce their second Michael Kenna book, entitled “Huangshan: Poems from the T’ang Dynasty”. In Kenna’s masterful photographs illustrating “Huangshan”, ethereal mists run like rivers haunting the mountains and valleys of one of China’s most picturesque lands.

Michael Kenna, one of the world’s greatest art photographers and the finest living master of landscape photography, has indeed captured the very essence of Huangshan more perfectly than it has ever been captured before.

Twelve hand coated, fully signed platinum prints are accompanied by some of the greatest masterpieces of Chinese poetry, including many by famed mountain poet Han Shan (Cold Mountain), all of which are translated by Stanton Hager, the finest and most poetic translator of T’ang poetry.

Book Information:

Translated by Stanton Hager
Edition of 60 numbered and 15 lettered copies
Twelve bound, signed platinum prints
One free-standing, signed platinum print
16" x 14 1/4"
Handcrafted in the United States

More about Innovative Photographer Michael Kenna

Michael Kenna (born 1953) is an English photographer best known for his black & white landscapes.

Kenna attended Upholland College in Lancashire, the Banbury School of Art in Oxfordshire, and the London College of Printing. In the 1980s, Kenna moved to San Francisco and worked as Ruth Bernhard's printer.

Kenna's photography focuses on unusual landscapes with ethereal light achieved by photographing at dawn or at night with exposures of up to 10 hours. Since about 1986 he has mainly used Hasselblad medium format and Holga cameras and this accounts for the square format of most of his photographs. The main exception was for the photographs in Monique's Kindergarten for which a 4 x 5 large format camera was employed.

His work has been shown in galleries and museum exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States. He also has photographs included in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Patrimoine photographique in Paris, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His photography of the ruins of concentration camps was featured in the opening credits of the Holocaust film Esther's Diary (2010).

In 2000, the Ministry of Culture in France made Kenna a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

In 2006, Kenna wrote the preface to Humans, a photo-series by Iranian photographer Mohammadreza Mirzaei.

In 2011, Kenna wrote the preface to "The Art of Adventure", a photographic monograph by Scottish photographer Bruce Percy.

For more information on the book “Huangshan: Poems from the T’ang Dynasty” along with ordering information, please visit: http://21steditions.com

For more information on Photographer Michael Kenna, please visit the artist’s official website at: http://www.michaelkenna.net/

Source: 21st Editions-- The Art of the Book

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