In short

Richard Mosse Arrested in Greece

Irish photographer Richard Mosse, recently winner of the Pictet 2017 prize for his Heat Maps series ...

Charleroi’s Museum of Photography Celebrates 30 Years

Created in 1987, the Museum of Photography in Charleroi celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this ye...

Martin Parr in Person at Metrograph New York

British photographer Martin Parr, a member of the Magnum Photos agency, will be in conversation with...
Eve Arnold, School for non-violence, Virginia, 1960 © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Eve Arnold, School for non-violence, Virginia, 1960 © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

LA-based artist Mona Kuhn is acclaimed for her intimate, contemporary depictions of the nude. Through intimacy with her subjects, knowledge of traditional iconography, and technical mastery, Kuhn portrays the complexities of human nature, both tempting and provoking the viewer’s imagination. Her approach to photography is unusual in that she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, and creating the effect of people naked, but comfortable in their own skin. The scenes in The First Chapter were photographed in and around Les Landes de Gascogne, a pine forest region by the coast of France, and feature several subjects, all of whom knew each other in some capacity; sometimes mutual friends, sometimes lovers. Here, Kuhn takes an inverse position to a painter composing his afresco above the scaffolding. Instead, she stands on a ladder with her camera pointed down at her subjects, eliminating the horizon line in an attempt to mirror heaven and earth. Like Bosch’s paintings, Kuhn’s photographs have a surreal edge, due in part to their flattened perspective. Pine needles, cones, dappled light and subtle color tonalities add a layer of nostalgia to the visual vocabulary. Most subjects have their eyes closed, suggesting a state of intimacy.

Mona Kuhn, The first chapter
May 4 to June 10, 2017
1275 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

See more

Mona Kuhn

Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale, dream-like photographs of the human form. Her work often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kuhn’s approach to her photography is unusual in that she usually develop...

Mona Kuhn, Poems
At Paris Photo

Mona Kuhn’s long awaited new series, “Poems,” had it’s debut showing with five extraordinary images at Paris Photo last week at Jackson Fine Art Gallery. The images are slightly reminiscent of her earlier series, “Evidence”, but take the work to a deeper, more etherea...

Billboard Curator Mona Kuhn Talks with Elizabeth Avedon

The Billboard Creative (TBC) launched its second Billboard Creative Q4 Show, curated by photographer Mona Kuhn, this December on 33 billboards throughout the streets of Los Angeles. The billboards will feature an outstanding number of emerging and established artists, from work s...

Mona Kuhn Talks to Elizabeth Avedon : Two Bodies of Work

It’s an exciting moment for artist Mona Kuhn. She has two new series coming out at the same time. “Acido Dorado” opened last week at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road in London. And this week during AIPAD in NY, two galleries will be previewing her upcoming series...

Paris Photo 2014 : Mona Kuhn, Steidl Book Signing and Gallery Jackson Fine Art

For her fifth book with Steidl, Mona Kuhn has entered the heart of the American desert and returned with a sequence of pictures that is seductive, enigmatic and a little unsettling. "Private" proposes a world in which concrete reality and the imagina...

Mona Kuhn: Under My Skin by Elizabeth Avedon

I have been invited to curate an exhibition titled “Under My Skin” at Flowers Gallery in New York City. It is a selection of nudes in contemporary photography, with works created mostly in the last five years. The exhibition reflects how we are currently representing the nude...

Mona Kuhn Talks to Elizabeth Avedon

Working with preeminent photography publisher, Gerhard Steidl, on her newly released Bordeaux Series, Kuhn said, “The thing is, I only have really wonderful things to say about Gerhard. He is indeed a genius of publishing.”

Mona Kuhn –Bordeaux Series

Mona Kuhn was born in Germany in 1969, raised in Brazil, and now lives in the US. She received her BA from Ohio State University, before furthering her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and then at The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles in 1999.

Mona Kuhn –by Elizabeth Avedon

“Naked, Nude or Naturalist” was the theme around Mona Kuhn when I first met her several years ago. It was around that time Kuhn was nominated for the 2006 Prix Photographique BMW—ParisPhoto Award, just after her first photobook, ”Mona Kuhn: Photographs”, was published...

Amsterdam: Carla Van De Puttelaar & Mona Kuhn

Kahmann Gallery presents the dual exhibition of Carla van de Puttelaar (Zaandam, 1969) and Mona Kuhn (1967, Sao Paulo) until June 29th, 2013. Carla van de Puttelaar is an internationally renowned photographer. In her photography Van de Puttelaar potrays personality, vulnerability...