Metro Messages

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About the author:
Ronald W. Kenyon was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He was admitted to the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied English, Spanish and political science and won two Hopwood creative writing awards. The recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, he attended graduate school at Stanford University and studied at St. Lawrence University under a National Defense Education Act scholarship. He was certified as a French-English liaison interpreter by the U.S. Department of State Office of Language Services.

Ronald W. Kenyon has been taking photographs since childhood, using many cameras and photographic systems, including the elegant Olympus Pen-F half-frame single-lens reflex; the Leica IIIg and M-3, the Nikon-FE and the Rolleiflex 3.5 F twin-lens reflex. His last film camera was a Konika Revio Z2 using APS cartridges, the final attempt to produce a user-friendly film camera. He began digital photography using the built-in camera in the Palm Zire 71 personal digital assistant that was used to take the photographs in Metro Portraits and its companion volume, Metro Messages. Since then, he has used a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W40, and, most recently, the camera in the Apple iPhone.

Ronald W. Kenyon participated in a three-person show at the Galerie Noir-et-Blanc in Paris in November 1976, the 5th Salon d'Art Photographique in Rambouillet, France in 1977, and the Exposition "Camera" in Versailles, France, in January 1978. His photography was awarded the Grand Prix by the Société Artistique of Fontenay-le-Fleury, France, in 1977.

From 1979 through 1992 Ronald W. Kenyon's photographs were utilized for book and albums covers, calendar illustrations and post cards. In January 1980 Ronald W. Kenyon was chief photographer for a project to document traditional architecture in Asir Province, Saudi Arabia. Sixty-five of his photographs were exhibited at the 1st International Symposium on Islamic Architecture and Urbanism at King Faisal University in Dammam.

Also by Ronald W. Kenyon:

Divagations: Collected Poetry 1959-1996
A Winter in the Middle of Two Seas: Real Stories from Bahrain
Monville: Forgotten Luminary of the French Enlightenment
Monville: l'inconnu des Lumières
Le Petit Kenyon: Dining in the Environs of Paris for Walkers
Statues of Liberty: Real Stories from France
On the Trail in France

Photography:
Metro Portraits
My Beautiful France: Landscapes
Île-de-France, terres d'inspiration

Metro Messages
 

Authored by Ronald W. Kenyon

The photographs in this book are for the most part found art--pictures of pictures--taken in the Paris Metro between 2004 and 2012.

The works are divided into three categories. The first section, Tears, consists of texts or images that are deformed, truncated or deconstructed to such an extent that they become ambiguous, incomprehensible or totally abstract compositions of color and form.

The section entitled Read consists of texts that are mostly comprehensible but contain an emotional, playful or intellectual element. One example is "Shopping & Fucking," which is shocking for English-speakers but innocuous to other ears: Fucking is the name of a village in Austria.

In the section entitled Converse are photographs where graffiti serve as commentary--often ironic, political or even scatological--and are juxtaposed to advertising copy. A good example is the panoramic triptych entitled "Etat de Démence," which is overwritten with a text that translates as "State of Dementia."

These Metro Messages communicate the ambiguities of communication.

Paris-based writer-photographer Ronald W. Kenyon has also published Divagations: Collected Poetry 1959-1996, A Winter in the Middle of Two Seas: Real Stories from Bahrain and Metro Portraits, the companion volume to Metro Messages.




Publication Date:
2012-09-27
ISBN/EAN13:
1479284297 / 9781479284290
Page Count:
86
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.25" x 6"
Language:
English
Color:
Full Color
Related Categories:
Photography / Subjects & Themes / General




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