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John Kenny, Samburu shepherd

John Kenny Samburu shepherd, 2009

View in a room Photography 35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch 7 remaining copies


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John Kenny, Samburu shepherd
  • Offered by the gallery

    Capital Culture Gallery
    Coltishall - United Kingdom

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : C-print

  • Themes

    Portrait, Black and white

  • Support

    Photography on Diasec and Dibond

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 12 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    Every Friday, the highest mountain pass in northern Kenya comes alive as its normally wind-battered and deserted shacks become the focus of a market. It is the only place in West Samburu where Pokot and Samburu tribal groups are able to meet in a tense and uneasy truce.

    From a cliff top, looking out over northern Kenya’s rugged scenery, a nervous Samburu trader pointed at small moving objects in the valley below. It was the feared Pokot. An hour later the market had largely segmented with groups of Samburu and Pokot men, AK47s slung over their backs, keeping a wary eye on each other.

    The tension was palpable, so I wandered up the hill behind the market where I met this calm young Samburu goat herder.

    John Kenny's work is all shot on location in some of the remotest corners of Africa. His images are all taken with natural light and in a natural state - ie in the subjects day to day attire.

    The C-type prints are mounted with an acrylic face mount giving them a 3-dimensional appearance and a contemporary look.


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John Kenny

Born in: 1975

United Kingdom

John Kenny is a self-taught photographer who fell in love with this art in 2003. John Kenny's stunning portraits from Africa document a series of tribal societies justly proud of their traditions and cultural heritage. As the continent becomes increasingly urbanized and environmental pressures grow on peoples living at the peripheries of the modern world such images have become precious, rare insights.

John Kenny has photographed in regions that stretch from the southern valleys of Ethiopia and harsh desert of northern Kenya, across to the arid hinterlands of West Africa, and beyond to the southern desert regions of Namibia and Angola. Faces emerge from the shadows illuminated by a soft and diffuse natural light.

“Lines that lead to perfection” was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York in November 2011. A book of his images “Facing Africa / L’Afrique en face” was published in 2013.
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John Kenny, Samburu shepherd
John Kenny, Samburu shepherd

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