Spotlight Tours: August 15 with Kenneth Parker
Sundays, August 1 – September 19, 2021
MMA La Mirada
720 via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940
Each Sunday at 1:00 pm, MMA hosts a guest photographer to lead a Spotlight Tour through the Ansel Adams Portraits: By and Of exhibition. Learn about the artistic process and unique insights through the lens of professional photographers.
Pre-register by selecting the 1:00 pm time slot on the appropriate date when purchasing tickets.
KENNETH PARKER is a large-format landscape colorist working principally in remote pristine wilderness areas throughout the world. He is drawn to elemental forces and their compelling magic, translating into arresting imagery the depths of these feelings, rich in power, radiant. His early experience as fine art color pioneer Eliot Porter’s field assistant helped to nurture a loving eye devoted to isolating and capturing the mysteries in nature that he struggled for decades to unravel as a research scientist in oceanography and global climate change. Ken is currently completing the captivating new portfolio Big Sur ~ Gentle Fury with its intimate compositions of rugged granitic pinnacles, wave sprays and tide pools along our magnificent shore. And a major coffee table publication is currently underway of his multi-expedition imagery from the remote kingdom of Mustang on the Tibetan Plateau – which the Dalai Lama, who is contributing an introduction, has called “the best Tibetan Buddhism that remains in the world”.
A consistent mentor since the 70s, Paul Caponigro writes: Parker’s stunning prints have impressed me and will no doubt also impress you for their beauty of craft as well as content. Those who will give sufficient time to discover what has been wrought through his efforts will no doubt be rewarded. He has met and mastered the shape of his own passion and vision. And from the lips of the late great Ruth Bernhard at her home: Ken is my favorite color photographer. The way in which he works with light is inspiring. It feels as if he has an arrangement with God.
Parker is represented in leading galleries and collections nationwide including the renowned Weston Gallery in Carmel and Getty Images, and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Oakland Museum, California Academy of Sciences, and the San Diego and Los Angeles County Museums of Natural History.