MICHAEL KAHN

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MICHAEL  KAHN

Biography:

“It is unusual to see a photograph and instantly know who took the shot. With this hand-toned, gelatin silver print the photographer can only be Michael Kahn.”

                                                                                  (Cruising World, November 1997)

 

Michael Kahn’s photographs have appeared in publications throughout the United States, including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Adirondack Life, Historic Preservation, Cruising World and Coastal Living.  While Kahn has achieved great success as a color photographer, he derives the most personal satisfaction from his sepia-toned gelatin silver prints, which have been widely exhibited in museums, art galleries and corporate collections throughout the country. Michael prints his images by hand, using a process he developed over many years researching and working in the darkroom. Michael’s warm, sepia toned images are unique and demonstrate his expertise as a fine printer.  Michael Kahn has combined his passions for sailing, seascapes and historic boats and made them the focus of his work, creating remarkable images from Maine to the Caribbean.  The colors, textures and moods of his work alter our expectations of what a black and white photograph is.  He monumentalizes the bold details and combines them with warm tones; within them is found a stark beauty that makes for a unique body of work.
 

“Like another great American master, Ansel Adams, Michael Kahn’s photographs distinguish themselves for their sureness of vision, richness of atmosphere and subtlety of surface. With a simple straightforward approach he’s able to make statements of great complexity, and evocative power that transform the ordinary worlds into images of ethereal beauty and resonance.”

                                 -Russell Jinishian, J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, and Publisher of Marine Art Quarterly
 

Represented by international galleries, Michael Kahn’s works are also held in both private and large corporate collections, such as McGraw Hill, Liberty Property Trust, and MBNA Bank. He photographed, under assignment, for EXXON, DuPont de Nemours Company, and Nations Bank Visa.  His prints are seen in set designs for films by MGM, his still shots appear in the Warner Brothers film, Message in a Bottle, and the James Bond film Die another Day

 

Résumé:

Books:

Brandywine, The Jarad Company, 110 images for coffee table book.   1990.
The Spirit of Sailing, Running Press, coffee table book.   2004.

Posters:

Brandywine, Tursack Publishing
Hawk Mountain, Tursack Publishing
Adirondack Sailing, four posters, Bruce McGaw Graphics

Magazines:
Adirondack Life, Jay, New York
Architectural Digest, New York
Attache
Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD
Classic Boat
Coastal Living
Country Living
Cruising World , Newport, RI
Delaware Today, Wilmington, DE
Family Circle,  New York
Forbes Life
Fotoforum
Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
Homes and Interiors, Scotland
Home Plus, Scotland
Marine Art Quarterly
Maritime Life and Traditions
Mid-Atlantic Country, Alexandra, VA
Nautical World, New London, CT
Offshore Magazine
Photo Technik International
Rangefinder Magazine
Sailing Magazine
Sailing Journal, Germany
Sailing World, England
Spur Magazine, Middleburg VA
The Hunt, Centerville, DE
The New York Times, New York
The Wall Street Journal, New York
Town and Country
Women’s Day, New York

Television:

WCOJ, Profile Interview, March 17, 1995
Dave Tiberi Show, Interview, January 18, 1994
Wilmington News, Interview, February, 1994
PBS, Interview, 1990

Exhibitions/Honors:

2006 Art for Embassies Program: U.S. Embassy in Katmandu
2006 “Seascapes” Carla Massoni Gallery
2005 San Diego Maritime Museum, Solo Exhibition
2004 “The Spirit of Sailing” Kip Marina, Inverkip, Scotland
2004 “The Spirit of Sailing” 8 Solo Exhibitions in U.S.
2004 “Sun Sand Sea” Carla Massoni Gallery
2002 “Golden Age of Sail” Carla Massoni Gallery
2001 “Light, Wind and Water”, Edward Carter Gallery, NYC, Solo Exhibition
2001 “Light, Wind and Water”, Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE, Solo Exhibition
2001 Gardner-Colby Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2001 Alinder Gallery, CA, Group Show
1998 Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic Seaport Museum, CT
1997 Gardner Colby Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
1997 “Wooden Ships of Maine”, Solo at Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, ME
1997 Rockland Schooner Days; awarded annual poster design competition
1996 The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, Solo Exhibition
1996 Historic Yellow Springs Two Person Show
1996 The Gallery at Centerville, Solo Exhibition, Centerville, DE
1996 Chester County Art Association, Juried Exhibition, Third Prize
1995 Chester County Art Association, Juried Exhibition, Second Prize
1994 Chester County Art Association, Solo Exhibition
1994 Three Rivers Arts Festival, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
1994 Somerville Manning Gallery, Chiaroscuro in Black and White
1994 Four Corners Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Historic Yellow Springs, Contemporary Prospect
1993 Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club
1993 Annual Juried Exhibition, Chester County Art Association
1991 Chester County Historical Society, “The Brandywine in Photography”
1991 Center for the Arts Gallery, Westtown, PA, Solo Exhibit
1991 Hardcastle Gallery, DE, “Photographers of the Delaware Gallery”
1990 Mid-Atlantic Magazine, Honored as one of their leading photographers

Corporate Collections & Clients:

Bostonian Shoes
Dean Witter Reynolds
DuPont de Nemours Company
Exxon
First USA Bank VISA
Grisko, Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
Lukens Steel, Inc.
MBNA Bank
McGraw Hill
MGM
Nations Bank VISA
Nu Skin
Starnet, Inc.
The Territory Ahead
Universal Pictures
Warner Brothers