On his 50th birthday in 2003, Michael Kenna gave himself a gift: the pilgrimage of the 88 Buddhist temples to Shikoku, Japan. This present, at first glance, may seem rather strange from a man brought up in a rather strict Catholic family in the north of England. Wouldn’t it just be the same quest for spirituality, through the prism of another philosophy? In 1987, Kenna visited Japan for the first time, for a private viewing of an exhibition of his work. He began to photograph Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and discovered the complexity and creativity of Shinto statuary and imagery. He...
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