Mystic, Conn. (July 14, 2016) — Internationally renowned photographer Michael Kahn will be the subject of a new exhibition and sale at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. “Photographs of the Sea by Michael Kahn” opens Saturday, July 23.
A practitioner of traditional techniques, Kahn travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. Using his 1950s-era camera, he collects images on black-and-white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom.
Kahn’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes Life, Coastal Living, Architectural Digest, Sailing Magazine, WoodenBoat, and Historic Preservation, among many others. He is also the author of three books: Over the Dunes (2015), The Spirit of Sailing (2004), and Brandywine (1990).
“Michael Kahn is an artist who truly captures the essence of photography–the sense of ‘being there’ in the moment,” said Monique Foster, the director of the Maritime Gallery. “His old-school technique united with his distinctive sense of form, vision, and composition has made him one of the memorable photographers of our time, and his presence in the Gallery is an appropriate complement to the Museum’s iconic Rosenfeld Collection of maritime photography.”
Kahn, whose printmaking technique incorporates an elaborate, predetermined combination of exposure sequence, exposure time, and varied enlarger setting, produces handmade photographs that are essentially each originals. Each photograph is signed and created in limited editions.
Kahn will be in the Maritime Galley Saturday, July 23, from 12 to 2 p.m., to sign his books, Over the Dunes and The Spirit of Sailing. That will be followed by an opening reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The exhibition and sale runs through September 25, 2016.
For more information on the Maritime Gallery and other exhibitions, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery.
About the Maritime Gallery
The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nation’s foremost gallery specializing in contemporary marine art and ship models. For more than 35 years, the Gallery has been privileged to exhibit the works of leading international maritime artists. Located at historic Mystic Seaport, the Gallery overlooks the beautiful Mystic River attracting art lovers and collectors from around the world. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org/gallery.