THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF MICHAEL DUNEV
“Dunev’s images cover leitmotifs that have been of central interest to him during the last four decades, such as solitude, as manifested within the urban landscape, the intersection of man and nature, and the impact of mankind on the natural world. Drawing on his personal evolution in the field of photography since 1970, when he started using the camera as a means of visually registering and exploring the world, the subjects of these photographs were shot mainly in Europe, Peru, Mexico, and the US –places where the author has lived or repeatedly spent long periods.”
Aline Smithson, Lenscratch
Photography and texts by Michael Dunev. Additional texts by Michael Kenna, Robert Flynn Johnson and Stuart Denenberg.
Bilingual edition in English and Spanish by Ediciones Polígrafa S.A., Barcelona, 2015. ISBN 978-84-343-1326-2
Hardbound with dust cover
11 x 11 inches; 208 pages
102 tritone images.
Available online, at selected bookstores, and by special order from the author by email here.
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A special limited edition of 25 plus 10 artist’s proofs in a black cloth-covered archival clam-shell box. Each copy is delivered signed and numbered and contains an original photograph measuring 24 x 24 cm (approx. 10 x 10 in.) produced expressly for this project.
With over 400 one-person exhibitions throughout the world to his credit, Michael Kenna’s photography can be found in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, amongst others. He has seen published twenty monographs on his work and has done commercial work for such clients as Volvo, Rolls Royce, Audi, Sprint, Dom Perignon and The Spanish Tourist Board.
Curator Emeritus of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and active professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, he is the author of numerous books, including Anonymous, Being Human and The Face in the Lens, which showcase the anonymous photographs collected by the author over many years.
A private art dealer, collector, and author, Stuart Denenberg opened his first public gallery on Boston’s Newbury Street in 1965. He represents the estate of Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese-American author of The Prophet. Denenberg’s own first book of poetry was published by Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press in 1997.
“The camera works here to sculpt the space with light allowing us to almost feel its optic chisel.”
Frank Hyder, artist
“Pictures of great beauty that suggest TS Elliot when he writes: “We live on the brink, in danger of enchantment.” Images that are fragments of reality but are individualized, distancing themselves from the unit to which they belong and which transmit an unexpected stillness and timeless vision.”
Miguel Morales Ruiz, artist
“They have a simplicity that subjugates, it’s hard to look away from them (something that not every photograph achieves) and one wants to taste them slowly, unhurriedly, like a fine wine.”
Alex Talese, gallerist
“The photographs of Michael Dunev exhibit a sophisticated understanding of modernist attention to structure, perspective and the dynamic framing of imagery. The fragments of experience his lens capture are, more often then not, spare and restrained with the moisture of extraneous detail wrung out. They elicit a de Chirico mood of retrospection in their elegant angled vacancies…. doors left open for our eyes and minds to enter and inhabit.”
Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
“Haunting images in this beautiful book by photographer and gallery owner. Using images from his many years of taking pictures for his own pleasure, Michael Dunev has now selected some of the best to share with the public. The book is divided into four sections entitled Waypoints, Liquid, Passages and Nightmoves. Parallax pulls together images from Peru, Mexico, Spain and other parts of the world he has visited and photographed to produce a remarkable series of haunting images.”
J. Roose, collector
“A rich collection of images, ranging from ghostly vignettes, to elemental architectural forms, to spare landscapes, to vibrant portraits that pull you in with their intimacy & intensity. Unifying this vision are an acute aesthetic sensibility, a respect for natural forms at their purest, & a deep engagement with universal human emotions. With its breadth, Parallax expands your world view as it narrows your focus to irretrievable moments in time. Hopefully, only the first book of many to follow by a singular photographer.”
Nan Farrell, collector
“The fine art photography of Michael Dunev transcends the camera with design and composition attributable to the Expressionist painters of the twentieth century.“
Robert Fymat, collector
Captured in dramatic photographs are Spain’s last surviving Dance of Death—a mediaeval allegory about the fragility of life and the inevitability of death—and the correfocs, or fire-runs, that for centuries have been celebrated along the Mediterranean arc.
Bilingual edition in English and Spanish.
10 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in) 52 pages
Linen cover with dust jacket and flaps
Edition of 2014 revised and updated in 2021.
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In 2019 a fierce storm struck the western Mediterranean and tonnes of debris were swept into the sea by the torrential rains, only to be promptly washed ashore by the waves. The branches and logs that littered the beach have slowly been transformed into shelters by the fishermen who try their luck in the night.
This book showcases the extraordinary constructions that appeared on the beach after the storm. Anonymous architecture by architects unknown.
Bilingual edition in English and Spanish edition, 2023.
22 x 22 cm (8.5 x 8.5 in) 48 pages
A series of images, evocative of strong human sensations, not devoid of humor, presented here with a fortuitous pairing of quotes, sometimes apocryphal, others of multiple authorship.
A note about the series title: In English the word “regarding” means both to see and apropos of, and it is this untranslatable ambiguity that highlights the mystery of our existence and offers us the key to understanding it.
Bilingual edition in English and Spanish, 2023.
22 x 22 cm (8.5 x 8.5 in) 48 pages