My Beautiful France

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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


Metro Portraits
Metro Messages
Île-de-France, terres d'inspiration

My Beautiful France


Authored by Ronald W. Kenyon
Edition: 1

The greatest influences on Ronald W. Kenyon's photography have been painters, not photographers.

Historically, the earliest influences derive from the landscape painters of the Barbizon School such as Corot, Daubigny and Théodore Rousseau who, in the mid-19th century, dared to move their easels outdoors and, along with Eugène Boudin, were precursors of Impressionism. Next come the Impressionists themselves, notably Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Pissarro, who produced a large corpus of landscapes.

The landscapes in this book are most directly influenced by Impressionism and abstract expressionism.

Among the photographers who have influenced Kenyon’s work are André Martin in France who created impressionistic landscapes using super telephoto lenses, the Italian Luigi Ghirri—a master of composition—and Americans such as Walker Evans and William Eggleston.

Instead of just glancing at the pictures in this book, the photographer asks you to interact with them. Wonder where they were taken, the season, the time of day, the temperature, why he composed the picture in such a way or why he decided that a particular subject was worthy of capturing permanently.

Most important of all, was a picture pleasing to look at and, if so, why?

Publication Date:
1493694340 / 9781493694341
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.25" x 6"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Landscapes

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