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Michael Kenna: Mont St Michel (First Printing) [SIGNED "Portland, 2007"]

Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590052051
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111443



First edition, first printing. Signed, dated ("November 17, 2007") with location of signing ("Portland") noted in blue ink on the title page by Kenna. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards half-bound in black leather, with title stamped in gold on the spine; no dust jacket as issued; contained in a black cloth-covered slipcase with a tipped-in duotone plate on the front. Photographs and text by Michael Kenna. Unpaginated (84 pp.), with 64 duotone plates beautifully printed on heavy matte art paper. The book measures 11-5/8 x 8-5/8 inches; the slipcase measures 12-1/8 x 8-3/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 2,000 copies.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap (slit open for signature).


From the publisher: "The small tidal island of Mont St Michel is situated just off the Normandy coast, connected to the mainland by a single causeway. Its abbey rises like a mirage, high above the sea, on this craggy, rocky perch. It is a spectacular sight, and one that Kenna has been drawn to many times over the years. By day, the island is alive with cars, buses, people, noise. It can seem a garish place. But at night, it becomes as originally intended: a place for peace, prayer, and quiet contemplation. It is that gentler face of Mont St Michel that Kenna wanted to photograph and, after the crowds have gone home, he has been able to do so. Alone, he has climbed the bell tower, explored the crypts and chapels, and ambled along the silent lanes of the island. He has watched, totally undisturbed, as the light changed, shadows came and went, and clouds subtly floated this way and that. While his camera shutter was open for long, long exposures, Kenna cherished the silence. He sees these photographs as a personal record of this time of solitary exploration; it is a record we are privileged to share. Kenna has dedicated this book to his father and, in a deeply moving introduction, he describes the connection he feels between this solid, calm, inspirational place and his much-loved parent."