Michael Kenna: Rafu (Signed)
For over thirty years, Michael Kenna has photographed temples, shrines, gardens, seascapes, and landscapes, in black and white, throughout Japan. Ten years ago, he also began to photograph female nudes in various locations in Japan. A selection of these photographs was unveiled to the public for the first time at Paris Photo in November 2018.
The Japanese women who modeled were actresses, dancers, office workers, photographers, and yoga practitioners. "Their willingness to express themselves in front of the camera and their trust in my integrity as a photographer, enabled us to engage in creative visual explorations and conversations", says Kenna. "The human body is an absolutely amazing, mysterious miracle in a myriad of ways", adds the British photographer. "I would view both historical and contemporary creative representations of the nude as open invitations to explore this esthetic challenge. My efforts may add little or nothing to the enormous existing mountain of artistic treasures, but that is not important. This is another chapter in an ongoing story".
Nazraeli Press is pleased to announce the publication of Kenna's Japanese nudes, entitled Rafu. Beautifully printed on matt Japanese art paper, and hand-bound in deep purple silk, this gorgeous artist's book presents 42 images from the Rafu series. The first printing is limited to 1,000 copies. There is a special slipcased edition, individually numbered and signed by the artist, and a deluxe edition of 25 copies, including a gelatin silver print made by the artist and presented with a copy of the book in a custom clamshell box.
Rafu was published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of Michael Kenna's photographic work at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in December, 2018.n of Michael Kenna's photographic work at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in December, 2018.
Michael Kenna will be signing copies of a selection of his books in the Bookshop Sunday 2 June 15.00-17.00. If you are unable to make it to the event signed copies can be pre-ordered online or by contacting the Bookshop.Title: Rafu
Publisher: Nazraeli, 2018
Author: Michael Kenna
Photographer: Michael Kenna
Graphic Design: -
Size: 30 x 21 cm, 64 pages