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Il Fiume Po (The Po River).

Photographs and Text by Michael Kenna.
Corsiero Editore, Italy, 2020. In Italian/English. 143 pp., 12½x12½x¾".



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''In life we ​​meet thousands of people, but we make friends with only a few. Because? What forms the bonds of friendship and love? How does a stranger turn into a friend? It happens. My beloved wife, Mamta, was born and raised five thousand miles from my family home. When we met, we had moved from our home countries and were living with different partners five thousand miles away from each other. 

I think gratitude for these connections is more important than trying to understand why such inexplicable things happen. I first met the river Po in 2007, when I was invited to Reggio Emilia by the curator Sandro Parmiggiani. In the following years I photographed the Reggio area and my photographs became an exhibition exhibited in 2010. My guide at the time was Mauro Lorenzini. Even then I hoped that one day I would return to those places. When I did, years later, I felt like I was facing a wise old friend.

(…)

The Po is ancient and I am only a fleeting visitor. I have always loved the Heraclitus quote that says No man has ever stepped in the same river twice; it is not the same river and he is not the same manI like to apply these concepts to photography. Nothing, myself included, is ever the same. The river flows whether I am there or not, but I think there is some sort of energy exchange in every encounter. The Po has certainly influenced and changed me. I'm not so sure how I changed the Po, other than photographing it and exhibiting the works

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I prefer my photographs to be closer to poetry than concrete texts and the color is too specific for the way I work. We see in color all the time, instead black and white is an essential reduction of sensory stimulation that allows our imagination to work harder. I like to read Japanese haiku poems, which suggest a great deal of information in a nutshell. Like these short poems, I don't take up all the details of a scene, nor do I try to provide an accurate description of what's there. Instead, I suggest what I can't see, but I imagine there may be: underlying layers hidden, in fog and darkness, or beyond the edges of the frame.'' — Michael Kenna

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LTD-A — Moored Boats, Guastalla, Reggio Emilia, Italy. 2006

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