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


  • 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

  • exhibitions

  • "Spirit of the Sea" December 1-31st, reception December 1st 5-8pm, Martin Gallery, 18 Broad Street, Charleston SC
  • "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
  • publishing


  • Over the Dunes, Brilliant Press 2015
  • The Spirit of Sailing: A Celebration of Sea and Sail: Courage Books 2004
  • Brandywine, The Jarad Company 1990

  • Magazines

  • Chestertown Spy, Interview
  • The Eye of Photography, Interview
  • Conde Nast Traveller
  • Captain’s Guide
  • Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas
  • Shadow & 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
  • dodho
  • Lucky Compiler
  • Gaastra blog
  • BoatUS
  • Classic Yacht
  • Ocean Magazine
  • Shutterbug Magazine - website profile
  • N-D Magazine
  • Small Craft Advisor
  • Classic Boat, UK
  • Elle Decor
  • WoodenBoat
  • Photography Journal, Ukraine
  • Focus Magazine
  • Fotoform International, Germany
  • Segeln Magazine, Germany
  • Coastal Living
  • Forbes Life
  • Chesapeake Home
  • Attaché
  • Woman’s Day
  • The Hunt
  • Classic Boat
  • Sailing Magazine
  • Sailing Journal, Germany
  • The New York Times
  • Town & Country
  • Homes & 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
  • Latitudes
  • Mid-Atlantic Country
  • Mid-Atlantic Magazine
  • Architectural Digest

  • Publishing:Cards, Calendars, Posters, Books

  • Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow & 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
  • Exxon
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • NationsBank
  • 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.
  • Grishko
  • Vanguard
  • Bain Capital

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