December 1,2012 - February 16, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, December 1, 2012 5-8pm
Many themes reoccur in his work such as iconic architecture, serene seascapes, and seductive landscapes. There is no human presence in any of his photographs. Images of the Golden Gate Bridge and the BrooklynBridge reveal Kenna's influence of the Modernist photographers, Karl Struss and Charles Sheeler. An isolated grouping of moors or a distant isle often interrupts his seascapes. Some critics might agree that his photographs of Asia are his best, starting with his work in Japan in 2001. (PDNB Gallery exhibited his Japan photographs in 2003). This is the time that Kenna found that the Asian landscape best matched his own aesthetic. Since then his photographic journeys included repeated travels to Japan, as well as China, Korea and other Eastern countries.
In Kenna's photographs of the Huangshan Mountains in China's Anhui province, he masterfully records the exquisite, Zen-like mystical peaks that have been an inspiration for Chinese master painters for centuries.
When he moved to the United States he settled in San Francisco where he had the good fortune to work with the legendary photographer, Ruth Bernhard.
He began exhibiting internationally and became widely acclaimed. Kenna is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Ministry of Culture, France. A major retrospective of Kenna's work was presented at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, in 2009. Museums that have acquired his photographs include the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Amon Carter Museum, TX, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, San Francisco MOMA, CA, and the Kushiro Art Museum, Japan.
Chateau de Versailles,
Versailles, France, 1996