Michael Kenna :: Images of the Seventh Day

Michael Kenna is certainly one of the most successful contemporary photographers. His work is shown in exhibitions, museums and galleries around the world.

Images of the Seventh Day is a catalog for an exhibition of the same name done in Italy back in 2010.

As most of Kenna’s books are thematic and relative to his series based projects, Images of the Seventh Day is different. Produced for the exhibition, this is a full career retrospective showcasing some of his earliest work going back to 1977.

We have covered Kenna before on the show, but I think it would be fun to revisit him in a new light through some of the rare images in this book.

The interesting thing to look at is the influence of Bill Brandt in Michael Kenna’s early work. We see how this transformed over the years to Kenna’s own style. Also notable here are some abstract images and still-life work that Kenna is not really known for. These images are beautiful as well and its interesting to see how Michael Kenna has incorporated this type of image into his larger landscape work.

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    I’ve been following your podcasts for a while and have enjoyed them immensely. You spoke a bit about influence and Kenna in this and other podcasts and that is something on my mind as well. In the fall I had an opportunity to speak to Kenna while at an opening in Tokyo for his recently released monograph “France.” He was nice enough to allow me to ask him a few questions about influence, the creative process, and finding your own voice. It might interest you: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-cairns-5 (about 8 minutes).

    In your episode about books, you mentioned that if you see something you like, you should get it. You also mentioned that you haven’t been able to find a copy of “Japan” (at a reasonable price). While at the exhibition, Kenna mentioned that he’d be back photographing in Japan during the winter of 2015 (now ending) to gather more material for another monograph on Japan. It sounded like he was planning to release a huge book on Japan as he did with his monograph “France.” All this to say, you’ll have another chance to pick up a book with a huge catalogue of images. Of course, it won’t have that silk slip case and the finish of the earlier “Japan” monograph. It really is a wonderful book. I’m glad I put down the $100 to get it while I could.