I believe that all creative people, whether they are painters, sculptors or indeed photographers can be inspired by viewing the work of the most famous and successful artists in their field of expertise. It is why we visit galleries and exhibitions, buy books and maybe even purchase a piece of work if we are rich enough to do so. As well as viewing their work, I also enjoy reading what they have to say, listening to them talk or watching a presentation or an interview.
The internet is a fantastic and huge resource but the quality of videos posted can vary from the ‘I wish I hadn’t wasted my time’ to the ‘Truly excellent……. I would like to watch it again’. Today I watched a video on Vimeo which definitely falls into the latter category. The video is of Michael Kenna being interviewed by Catherine Edelman in 2016. Over a number of years her gallery in Chicago has regularly exhibited Kenna’s photographs and they clearly have a strong working relationship.
Whether or not you like Michael Kenna’s work (and I do), I would suggest you make yourself a cup of coffee, or pour yourself a glass of wine, and sit down and watch what I found to be a very enjoyable and inspiring 50 minutes. In fact I would go so far to say that it is the best interview with Michael Kenna that I have discovered on the web and there are quite a few around.
I should point out that it ends rather abruptly, which was strange, but otherwise it was first class. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.