Michael Kenna retrospective
The retrospective of the work of internationally renowned photographer Michael Kenna reveals both the evolution of his style and his poetic approach to different landscapes. Born in 1953 in Lancashire, England, Kenna was greatly influenced by Bill Brandt and, like Brandt, he is a landscape photographer. He photographs landscapes all over the world, always in black and white and always empty of people. From nuclear power stations in the north of England to the gardens at Versailles, to the human figures carved from rock on Easter Island, Kenna strives to capture the soul of a place. Often taken at dusk or at night, his photographs have a melancholy, mysterious quality that suggests the passing of time. His recent work is often more stylised and figurative, particularly his images of snow covered hills and fields in Japan. His latest work, dedicated to Egypt and China, is shown in this exhibition for the first time. (Until 24 Jan) BNF Richelieu.