Michael Kahn

Artist’s Statement
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. ---- Michael Kahn, 2013

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA, upcoming 2014
Delaware Museum of Art Centennial Juried Exhibition, 2012
True North Gallery, Kennebunkport ME, August 2012
Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach FL, 2012
Art for Embassies 2012 Program: two handmade photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain
Darkroom Photography: A Glimpse into Tradition at North Water Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, 2011
True North Gallery, Kennebunkport ME, 2011, 2012
Middle Space Focus Gallery, Chatham MA, 2010, 2011, 2012
A D Galerie: Art by Genéve, 2011
Portland Museum of Art: Biennial, 2011
Martin Gallery, Charleston SC, 2010
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs FL, 2010
Focus Gallery, Cohassett, MA 2010
Penobscot Marine Museum: Maine’s Windjammers 2010
Landing Gallery, Rockland ME 2010
Exhibition at the Gallerue Aalders – Saint Tropez: 2008
Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown MD: 2003, 2005, 2006
San Diego Maritime Museum 2005
Art for Embassies 2004 Program: Consigned two handmade photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Katmandu
“The Spirit of Sailing” Kip Marina: Inverkip, Scotland 2004
“The Spirit of Sailing” 8 Solo exhibitions visiting galleries across the U.S. 2004 Alinder Gallery, CA: Group 2001
“Light, Wind and Water,” Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE and NYC 2001
The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio, Solo Exhibition 1997
“Wooden Ships of Maine,” Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, ME, Solo Exhibition 1997

The Spirit of Sailing, 2004
Brandywine, 1990

Selected Collections

The American Board of Surgery
Microsoft Collection
McGraw Hill
DuPont de Nemours Company
Nu Skin
Bain Capital

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