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.
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.
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