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World renowned photographer returns to his Halton roots
AN acclaimed landscape photographer has made a nostalgic journey back to his roots to celebrate his 60th birthday with a retrospective exhibition of his work.
Widnes born Michael Kenna has lived in America for 35 years and one of today’s most widely exhibited and collected photographers.
His prints will be on display at The Brindley until November 23.
Michael said: “What really interests me photographically often relates back to my own childhood and background. I was brought up in Widnes.
“As a boy I spent a lot of time wondering around the town, in Victoria Park, the local pond, the railway station, the Mersey bridge, factories, St Bede’s church, the rugby league ground and so on.
"It seems whatever I experienced as a child would later become photographic subject matter.”
His exhibition includes 50 prints from his early work in England and Europe to more recent images from Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, Thailand and U.S.A.
Michael attended a seminary school, Upholland College from the age of 11 as he had intended to become a priest.
He later became interested in art.
After working as a commercial photographer in London, he moved to San Francisco where he worked as printer for the famous photographer, Ruth Barnard.
He added: “I personally find the black and white medium to be more expressive, malleable and mysterious than colour.
“It is a personal preference. I still like to print all my own work in the darkroom, the old fashioned way.”
One of his greatest admirers and collectors is Elton John who described his work as ‘elegant, serene and meditative’.
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