Michael Kahn’s stunning seascape and spectacular sailing photographs are exhibited in art galleries and museums around the world.

With his 1950’s camera, Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. With a distinctive sense of composition and attention to tonal relationships, the emotional force exhibited in Michael's photographs has allowed him to be one of the most memorable photographers of our time.

Born in 1960, Michael Kahn is a life-long resident of Chester County Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his family summered on the coasts of Maine and Topsail Island, North Carolina. This is where his love of the sea and sailing originated. After high school, Michael apprenticed in a portrait studio where they used Hasselblad cameras with a square 6x6 cm film format. Here, Michael received hands on training in film handling and black and white printmaking. Several years later, the owner of the studio changed the business model and became a commercial/advertising photographer. Michael stayed on as an assistant, learning skills in advertising, product and editorial photography. From there, Michael branched off on his own, shooting for magazines and other commercial clients. In 1990 he published a book of black and white photographs of the Brandywine River in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In the mid-90’s, Michael took his first sailing photograph of a small boat in the fog on a lake in the Adirondacks. This image launched his nautical photography career. Michael made the decision to stay with his film cameras instead of going with the new trends in digital equipment, and continues to make handmade photographs in his darkroom.

photograph information

Traditionally printed by Michael in his darkroom, these handmade photographs are crafted in editions of 50 or fewer. Each fine print is warmly toned, signed, numbered and finished to museum standards. These unique photographs have exceptional collector value that will last for generations.

Handmade silver gelatin photographs are offered in sizes 14x14" and 19x19". Three of Michael's photographs are available as 48x48" handmade photographs, and are printed in editions of 10, making these large and rare museum-quality photographs the ultimate in photographic art.

Fine art pigment prints from the black and white film negative are offered in various sizes from 24x24" to 50x50". These prints are the highest quality digital prints in the marketplace, and represent the best of what science and art have to offer. Printed on 300lb. German watercolor paper, the oversize prints are carefully matched for color and integrity with the original artwork and are proofed personally by Michael.

Some editions are sold out. Please inquire for details.



Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich (203) 869-3664


Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach (561) 805-9550

Galleria Silecchia, Sarasota (941) 365-7414


Windsor Fine Art, New Orleans (504) 586-0202


Northlight Gallery, Kennebunkport (207) 967-3320


Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown (410) 778-7330


Cavalier Gallery Nantucket (508) 325-4405

Focus Gallery, Chatham (508) 348-1493

North Water, Edgartown (508) 627-6002

Iris Gallery, Boston (617) 895-8951

South Carolina

Martin Gallery, Charleston (843) 723-7378


"Spirit of the Sea" Martin Gallery, Charleston SC, 2017.

"Spirit of the Sea" Sheldon Gallery of Fine Art, Newport RI, 2017.

"Set Sail" Preview of the 62nd Annual Arts Festival, Solo Exhibition, South Shore Arts Center, Cohassett, MA 2017.

"Summer 2017- Featuring the J Class Revival Photographs" Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD 2017.

"Balancing Act" Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD 2017.

“Photographs of the Sea” Solo Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT 2016.

“Just This” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD 2016.

“Over the Dunes,” book release, signing, gallery tour, North Water Gallery Martha's Vineyard; Focus Gallery Chatham MA; Martin Gallery Charleston SC, 2015.

“Sailing,” Three-Person Exhibition, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, 2015.

“First Light,” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2014.

Gallery talk, Focus Gallery, Chatham, MA, 2014.

Gallery talk, North Water Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2014.

“Becalmed,” Two-Person Exhibition, Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2014.

“Work Zone,” Group Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2013.

“Close to the Edge,” Group Exhibition, Hard Castle Gallery, Centreville, DE, 2013.

Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE, 2012.

“For the Love of Boats,” Exhibition, Shaw Contemporary Jewelry, Northeast Harbor, ME, 2012.

“At Night: Images in the half light,” Exhibition, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, 2012.

Art for Embassies 2012 Program, two silver gelatin photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain.

“Darkroom Photography: A Glimpse into Tradition,” North Water Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2011.

Solo Exhibitions, True North Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME, 2011, 2012.

Group Exhibitions, Focus Gallery, Chatham, MA, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Art by Geneve, A-D Galerie, Switzerland, 2011.

Biennial Juried Show, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, 2011.

Exhibition, Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2010.

Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL, 2010.

Exhibition, Salty Dog Gallery, Southwest Harbor, ME, 2010.

Exhibition, Focus Gallery, Cohasset, MA, 2010.

“Maine’s Windjammers,” Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME, 2010.

Exhibition, Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME, 2010.

Exhibition, Galerie Aalders, Saint Tropez, France, 2008.

Group Exhibitions, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2005, 2006.

Solo Exhibition, San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego, CA, 2005.

Art for Embassies 2004 Program: two silver gelatin photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Katmandu, Nepal.

“The Spirit of Sailing,” Kip Marina, Inverkip, Scotland, 2004.

“The Spirit of Sailing” Solo Exhibition, eight galleries across the U.S., 2004.

“The Spirit of Sailing” Exhibit, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2003.

“Sun Sand Sea” Exhibit, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD, 2003.

“Golden Age of Sail,” Solo Exhibition, 8 galleries, 2002.

Group Show, Alinder Gallery, Gualala, CA, 2001.

Labor Day Solo Show, Gardner-Colby Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 2001.

“Light, Wind and Water,” Solo Exhibition, Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE, New York City, NY, 2001.

Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT, 1998.

Solo Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1997.

“Wooden Ships of Maine,” Solo Exhibition, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, ME, 1997.

Gardner-Colby Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 1997.

“Chiaroscuro,” Two-Person Exhibition, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE, 1994.

Photo Exhibit, Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA, 1990.



Over the Dunes, Brilliant Press 2015

The Spirit of Sailing: A Celebration of Sea and Sail: Courage Books 2004.

Brandywine, The Jarad Company 1990.


Chestertown Spy, Interview

The Eye of Photography, Interview

Conde Nast Traveller

Captain’s Guide

Martha’s Vineyard Arts and Ideas

Shadow and Light

Ocean Magagzine, Australia, Lens Flare Feature, January 2015

Adirondack Life, August 2014

Cape Cod HOME, Early Summer 2014

Cruising World Magazine, March 2014

Cape Cod Life 2014 Annual Guide

Dialogs with Great Photographers, Holden Luntz Gallery

Beaufort Magazine, Finland


Lucky Compiler

Gaastra blog


Classic Yacht

Ocean Magazine

Shutterbug Magazine - website profile

N-D Magazine

Small Craft Advisor

Classic Boat, UK

Elle Decor


Photography Journal, Ukraine

Focus Magazine

Fotoform International, Germany

Segeln Magazine, Germany

Coastal Living

Forbes Life

Chesapeake Home


Woman’s Day

The Hunt

Classic Boat

Sailing Magazine

Sailing Journal, Germany

The New York Times

Town and Country

Homes and Interiors, Scotland

Homes Plus, Scotland

Photo Technik International, Germany

Maritime Life and Traditions, USA/France

Marine Art Quarterly

Rangefinder Magazine

Chesapeake Bay

Country Living

Sailing World

Cruising World

Delaware Today

Family Circle

Historic Preservation


Mid-Atlantic Country

Mid-Atlantic Magazine

Architectural Digest

Publishing: Cards, Calendars, Posters

Alpha Edition, Kiel

Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow and Son, Ltd., UK

Bruce McGaw Graphics

The Art Group, London

Graphique de France

Nouvelles, La Carterie, France

Ronnie Sellers

Brown Trout

Helma 365, Czech Republic

Art Licensing

Mystic Seaport Museum

Kunstverlag Weingarten, Germany

Palazzi Verlag, Germany

100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley, Catherine Quillman

Selected Corporate Collections, Clients

The American Board of Surgery

Microsoft Collection

McGraw Hill


E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company


MGM Studios

Universal Pictures

Bostonian Shoes

Territory Ahead

Nu Skin

Liberty Property Trust

MBNA Corporation

First USA

Dean Witter Reynolds

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Lukens Steel, Inc.

Starnet, L.P.



Bain Capital

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