“Crossroads,” a retrospective of David Michael Kennedy’s platinum/palladium photographs presented as a collaboration between Edition ONE Gallery and The Globe Gallery, features images of the American landscape taken during a 70,000 mile photographic trip around the country after Kennedy’s house outside Santa Fe burned down.
“I got in a vintage 1960 Airstream trailer in 2004 and traveled around the U.S. for two years,” says Kennedy, who has been a landscape and portrait photographer for more than four decades. “I went out to explore. I felt disillusioned with what was going on in America.”
The show also includes photos from the 1990s of Native American dancers who are members of Eight Northern Indian Pueblos and the Lakota Nation. With tribal permission and over a six-year period of time, Kennedy photographed dancers dressed in authentic regalia and performing dances that have been removed from their ceremonial and spiritual context. A portion of the sale of these photos is donated to the tribes.
A former commercial photographer whose career launched in New York City in the 1970s, Kennedy is known for his portraits of musicians, actors and artists such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. His work is in many private and museum collections, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. He moved to New Mexico in 1986 to focus on fine art photography.
Kennedy continues to create platinum/palladium prints, which are made from the salts of platinum and palladium and known for their beauty, archival stability and one-of-a-kind look. Kennedy is renowned for this traditional work and teaches the art of platinum/palladium printing to students worldwide who travel to New Mexico to study with him.
Kennedy currently works from his studio in El Rito, New Mexico where he is embarking on a new project of documenting the village of El Rito.