LIVE AUCTION | PHOTOGRAPHY
Donated by the Artist and Weston Gallery
Canaletto San Francisco
Archival pigment print
20″ x 28″
Signature: bottom right in the border
Curatorial information: on verso
Retail Value: $2,900
Minimum Bid: $950
Born in 1950, Ira Elliot Kahn was introduced to photography as a seven year old boy while living in Cambodia. His work was first exhibited in 1967. Kahn studied studio art and filmmaking at Stanford University, receiving his degree with distinction in 1972. Today, his work is found in distinguished public and private collections.
Intimacy and form are the cornerstones of Kahn’s photography. He works with conditions and subjects that reflect a special nature of their own. He renders them in a way that builds upon essential though often hidden and obscure characteristics. Kahn’s photographs are at once true to their subjects yet highly interpretive.
“The union of mystery and vitality in the art of so many ancient and tribal cultures is a fundamental influence in my work.”
Like ceremonial masks that reveal more than they conceal, Kahn’s photographs are conduits through which otherwise unknown qualities are expressed.