The Higashikawa Awards 2016

Special Photographer Award

The 32nd Higashikawa Award Winners - Special Photographer Award

Michael Kenna

Lives in Seattle, USA

For the photo series taken in Hokkaido

Born in Widnes, Lancashire, England in 1953. He majored in art at Banbury School of Art in Banbury, Oxfordshire and majored in commercial photography at London College of Printing in London, England. He moved to and began working as a photographer in San Francisco in 1977.
 He started taking photos in Hokkaido in 2002. Beginning with the oak tree by Lake Kussharo known as the Kenna tree, which has since been cut down, he has continually taken photographs of various places in Hokkaido. His subjects are not limited to wild nature; he also photographs man-made fences and pylons as well as nameless trees. His works are a rich poetry of contemplation and communication with the subjects. He published a photography book “Hokkaido” (Nazraeli Press / Shuppan Kyodosha) in 2006. It is highly esteemed for his sublime silver print, making use of his unique aesthetic to capture minimalist landscapes and subtle shadows and subtle shadows, these evoke the essence of ink-painting and haiku poems.
 He continually takes photographs with various themes in places such as Europe, the U.S.A, Asia and North Africa. He has published more than 50 photography books. His major exhibitions include “In Japan” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2006), “Michael Kenna-Landscape and “Memories” (Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, 2009) and “Forms of Japan”, (gallery ART UNLIMITED, 2016 ). He published “Forms of Japan” (Prestel Pub, Germany, 2015 ) last year, a culmination of his photographs from the last thirty years.

  • Hillside Fence, Study 6

    Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Japan. 2007

  • Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 1

    Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan. 2002

  • Philosopher's Tree, Study 3

    Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. 2009

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    Taushubetsu Bridge

    Nukabira, Hokkaido, Japan. 2008

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    Torii Gate, Study 2

    Shosanbetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. 2014

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    Winter Seascape

    Wakkanai, Hokkaido, Japan. 2004

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