Michael Kenna and Ansel Adams Research

Michael Kenna is an English Photographer from Lancashire. He moved to San Francisco in the 1980’s

He is best known for his black and white landscapes.

His images are striking, the use of strong leading lines gives real strength to the shots. He uses buildings, trees, the coast line to name but a few.

Below are a couple of shots I like and feel I may be able to replicate in some way.





Ansel Adams

Born in San Francisco in  1902 Ansel Adams photographic career span over 60 years. He was also a well respected environmentalist.

He worked extensively with colour, however it was his black and white shots which gave him most recognition. Many of his shots of Yosemite National Park have been copied and resold in things such as catalogues.

His dramatic shots of the mountains against the water give dramatic perception. The reflections give an almost duel aspect, the mist and cloud an almost ethereal quality.

Below area samples of his work I hope to take inspiration from:





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