Michael Kenna

In Artist in Residence by Administrator

In 1987 a California Arts Council grant for an Art in Public Places project brought English-born, landscape photographer Michael Kenna to work with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. What resulted was a portfolio of 30 important photographs. In 1991 the portfolio was published as a small book, The Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing: Photographs by Michael Kenna.

In 2008, ESF celebrated its 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of Kenna’s work.  That small book published years earlier is now much prized and out of print. In that same year those well-known photographs were exhibited at Monterey Museum of Art, where the foundation presented the gelatin silver prints along with several donated by the artist, to the museum’s permanent collection. As part of that special event, ESF’s Executive Director Mark Silberstein and Michael Kenna hosted a walk revisiting the work, Kenna’s methods and the important connection between art and science.