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January 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Another chance to see work by a camera wizard

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(Photographer Michael Kenna, by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

From Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch: Part Two of the Tacoma Art Museum‘s “Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography” went up earlier this month, with a new lineup of 95 black-and-white photographs by the Seattle camera wizard. This selection includes images of World War II-era concentration camps he took between the 1970s and 1990s. After the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain came down in 1989, he said in an interview last fall, he had the opportunity to document the condition of camps in Poland and former East Germany that had scarcely changed since the end of the war. “There was usually just some little old lady – she was the security guard. Nobody went there. They were just left as absolute ruins. … I knew that they would change. And they did change completely over the next ten years. Most of these camps became major museums, monuments, cemeteries.”

Dozens of Kenna’s classic landscape and architectural shots are also included in this second phase of “Memories and Meditations,” which runs at TAM through March 24. (Read Michael Upchurch’s profile of Kenna here.)

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