“Michael Kahn approaches photography much the way the poet approaches haiku. He brings a mastery of technique and skill. But, it is as an artist that he creates images that transcend time and place.”
- Carla Massoni, from the dust jacket for Over the Dunes by Michael Kahn
With his 1950’s camera, Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. With a distinctive sense of composition and attention to tonal relationships, the emotional force exhibited in Michael’s photographs has allowed him to be one of the most memorable photographers of our time.
I have learned that the essence of photography is being there: really being present, experiencing the entire moment, being fully engaged with all of the senses. If I can be present in the situation, I can react to what is happening around me. Contemporary society is very good at providing busyness and distractions. We can only realize art in the present moment. The photograph can only be captured “now.”
I work toward bringing my emotional response to the final print. I actually see the finished image when I am taking the photograph; I see the tonal relationships, the contrast, and how it combines to create a certain mood. If the photograph is successful, then the viewer responds emotionally the way I did when I witnessed the happening. My art is created using composition and tonal relationship. The strength of the image lies in these fundamental components: line and light. Shape and tone equals impact; impact equals emotion, which in turn, equals art.
About the Prints
Traditionally printed by Michael in his darkroom, these handmade photographs are created in editions of 50 or fewer. Each fine print is warmly toned, signed, numbered and finished to museum standards. As a result, these unique photographs have exceptional collector value that will last for generations.
Large Format Prints Available
Fine art pigment prints from the black and white film negative are offered in a 30×30″ size at MassoniArt. In addition, custom sizes are available from 24×24″ to 56×56″. These prints are the highest quality digital prints in the marketplace. Above all they represent the best of what science and art have to offer. Printed on 300lb. German watercolor paper, the oversize prints are carefully matched for color and integrity with the original artwork. Most importantly, they are proofed and signed by Michael. Please contact Carla Massoni at email@example.com or call the MassoniArt Gallery at 410.778.7330 for inquiries relating to large format fine art pigment prints.
If you are a collector or designer who prefers to work with Carla Massoni personally please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MassoniArt Gallery at 410.778.7330.
All artwork is shipped unframed.