Thames & Hudson, 2021. First edition. Hardcover, 240 pp., 155 illustrations, 245 x 305 mm. Photographs by Mona Kuhn. Text by Rebecca Morse, Simon Baker, Elizabeth Avedon, Chris Littlewood, Darius Himes.
Mona Kuhn: Works is the first retrospective by one of the most respected and widely exhibited contemporary art photographers at work in the world today. Over a career spanning more than twenty years, Kuhn’s underlying theme has always been humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity. She is renowned for developing close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable intimacy. Her use of playful visual strategies reveals glimpses into the psyche as it is expressed through the human form, ultimately reinterpreting the nude in the canon of contemporary art.
Featuring images from throughout Kuhn’s career, including previously unseen work, this book introduces her distinct aesthetic to a wide, popular audience. Texts by Rebecca Morse, Chris Littlewood, Darius Himes and Simon Baker, and an interview with Elizabeth Avedon, offer invaluable insights into Kuhn’s creative process and the ways in which she works with her subjects and settings, and achieves the visual signature of her imagery. Mona Kuhn: Works is an essential volume for anyone with an interest in the human form in contemporary art.