Calais Lace by Michael Kenna. First edition (2003). First impression. Large format hardback in as new condition. No markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Calais Lace
"Since 1993 Michael Kenna has visited Calais many times and wandered at length throughout the town. Photographing its urban landscapes and its proud industrious heart: the lace factories. On his first visit he met Annette Haudiquet, then head curator of the Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle. It was during this meeting that the idea for this book, and the exhibition it accompanies, was born. Pursuing the memories that still haunt the old laceworks of Calais, Michael Kenna’s photographs capture a past deeply ingrained in the life of this town. The artist’s own childhood in a working class neighbourhood near Liverpool, together with his work on the Lancashire and Yorkshire cotton mills, led him to develop a language specific to a geography of disaster, the poetics of working-class escapism and the outdoors as a refuge. In Calais Lace, Kenna capture’s the spirit of this town and marks out the character traits of a hardworking people. It opens with an essay by Noël Jouenne, a Ph.D. in social anthropology who shares with us his intimate knowledge of the vocabulary, the names of the sometimes eccentric-looking objects and their uses." - Nazraeli Press