Monday, September 3, 2012


The New Yorker published a series of 10 Polaroids from Passport to Trespass in their Sept 3, 2012 Issue. Pick up a copy or take a look at this profile they ran on Passport to Trespass:


You can now download my Polaroid lecture from the Apple Store last june here:


Thursday, March 1, 2012



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The Wild & The Innocent juxtaposes portraits of bodies and landscapes culled from various photographers' personal archives. How do these pictures of the human body and natural landscapes relate to one another? How do the two, when shown together, affect our perceptions of nature and ourselves? The Wild & The Innocent seeks to complicate the modern oppositional relationship between the body and nature in order to explore the truths of our own transience and infinitude -- our dual limitlessness and powerlessness -- as reflected in the wilds of nature and the slopes of the human form.

For more information please contact: info@clicgallery.com
Press Inquiries: mkronberg@clicgallery.com 





These two Polaroids (never seen before) will be exhibited as part of the group show 
The Wild & The Innocent at Clic Gallery in NYC 
Opening March 28th.
255 Center St.
6-9pm






Thursday, February 2, 2012






'The Odysseus'

 Opening night reception on February 10, 2012, 6pm-9pm

    Studio Christensen, 333 South 20th, Philadelphia, PA 19103

PHILADELPHIA -- Paradigm Magazine and Studio Chirstensen are proud to present "The Last Showing of The Odysseus," a series of American landscapes by photographer Mikael Kennedy. Having first exhibited these images in 2007 at the Studio 101 Gallery in Chicago, IL, The Odysseus has been exhibited nationwide over the past few years in 3 chapters: The Odysseus, The Wine Dark Sea & Salt Water River Guard, shown in New York, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Oregon & Maine, and now, for its final exhibition in Philadelphia.  Kennedy's photography has garnered international attention with his widely exhibited Polaroids from the series 'Passport to Trespass,' a decade plus documentation of Kennedy's life as he bounced back and forth between the American coasts, roaming with other young artists, catching rides with bands, working odd jobs, anything to keep himself on the road.

"In 2007, I boarded a plane in New York City heading towards Lama, NM. Landing in Albuquerque by way of Houston, I found [a friend's] old gold Volvo sedan in the airport parking lot. I was told the keys would be hidden on the front left tire where she had left it several days before," Kennedy explains.  "I found the car and the keys, and drove the 3 hours north up into Lama where I spent the next two weeks living in the shrine-like home of 60’s painter Bill Girsh. That was where The Odysseus began, up in the mountains there." And now that odyssey ends, this February is the last exhibition of the series.

Five years ago, Kennedy found himself driving out away from the cities, stepping away from his traveling partners, preferring at times to walk alone. "I was driven by this desire to be out in the middle of nowhere, to be alone in the wilderness, maybe it was a desire to return to the world I grew up in, the empty pristine valleys and woods of Vermont. The world feels less wild to me these days, this whole series was the beginning of me working through that idea, of trying to find places where the world felt empty, less settled."

The Odysseus series has been compared to the work of Hudson River Painters, a series of landscapes touching on the sublime as valleys open up from the tops of hills. Paths appear before the viewer, leading them deeper into the woods. We are reminded of the beauty of the American Landscape for which America was once known and celebrated, something that feels like it is lost these days.

ABOUT PARADIGM MAGAZINE

Paradigm Magazine is a lifestyle and cultural publication that focuses on the quality, production, and expression of what is appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.  Through interviews, videos, pictures, and articles, we share with readers the vision, journey, and style of forward thinkers; originators that are continuously shifting the paradigm.  It is our relentless mission to unearth subjects who are different, pushing boundaries, moving away from the herd, breaking the mold, and who are shifting the paradigm. By offering limited edition and exclusive works from these individuals, we facilitate a relationship between the creator and the consumer. You will never doubt the originality of goods offered in Paradigm Magazine’s store; you can trust that the artwork, photographs, clothing, and dry goods are vetted for quality, style, and value. Our vision is to build a community including contributors, collaborators, readers, and customers.  We hope to build lasting connections between all those who are involved with Paradigm Magazine.  This community will open up a forum for vision, journey, art, and style around the world.  Together we can tell the story, share the ideas, and distribute the goods, creating a new Paradigm.

ABOUT MIKAEL KENNEDY

Mikael Kennedy is a photographer living and working in New York City. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Polaroid travel blog: Passport to Trespass and his Polaroid work is represented by the Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art Gallery of New York City. Kennedy's Polaroids were recently the subject of a solo show at the historic Chelsea Hotel in New York City and were shown at the International Polaroid Symposium in Cardiff, Wales where he was intvited as a guest lecturer. Kennedy's photographs have appeared in Nylon , Dazed & Confused, Blown (UK), Cosmoplotian, WWD, GQ.com. His photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as in private collections nationwide. 



Wednesday, January 11, 2012





Out now: 
Temnokomorn magazine (Czech) 2011/8

Monday, January 9, 2012










Vision Magazine (Beijing) Nov. 2011
  

Errr Magazine (Mexico)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The Essential Mikael Kennedy Polaroids

"In 2001, Mikael Kennedy began an odyssey, crisscrossing the continent and taking a series of Polaroid photographs that became the Passport to Trespass project. After a decade, this epic project is now coming to a terminus. Polaroid film is going extinct, and while efforts have been made to revive the process, pictures made with the old, sometimes long-expired, Polaroid film have a quality that The Impossible Project will never exactly duplicate.

Over the ensuing years, Kennedy's Polaroid photographs have been published in eleven monographs, culminating with Passport to Trespass, Volumes VIII & IX, which have just come out as a limited edition boxed set, covering the work he made from 2009-2011. Kennedy's Polaroids have also been exhibited from coast to coast, including an exhibition in 2010 of 500 images at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York. Kennedy's photographs are in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston.

All of the Polaroids that have been published as part of the Passport to Trespass project have been archived online, and now it is time to archive the prints themselves. Polaroids, are by their nature, a fugitive process, so it's fitting that the conclusion of this project also marks an end to their life on our website. We are retiring almost all of the Polaroid photographs that comprised Kennedy's Shoot the Moon exhibition, as well as those in the Hunt Them Out, and Saltwater River Guard series. For a limited time, we will keep a selection of 50 images online that we regard as our favourites, the essential Mikael Kennedy Passport to Trespass edit. All of the other prints will go into deep storage. A number of these 50 Polaroids are still available for purchase until 5 January, at which point we will close out the entire project.

Mikael Kennedy walked, drove, hitchhiked, sold his blood, even stole, to make these pictures. The plan was to have no plan, to "shoot the moon." Now the journey is over, and this is the last chance, for a long while, to look back and see where Kennedy went, who he met along the way, and what it all meant."     -Peter Hay Halpert



On January 5, 2012 Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, NY will retire ALL Polaroids from the Shoot the Moon, Salt Water River Guard, and Hunt them Out series. For a limited time only 50 of the essential Polaroids from these collections will be available on www.phhfineart.com 

Please take a moment to view the work one last time. www.phhfineart.com