There’s a piercing intensity to British photographer John Kenny’s portraits, a magnetism that draws you into the lives of the people before his lens

Go Magazine

JOHN KENNY

Born: 01/01/1975 in Manchester, UK

Bio: Over the last decade John Kenny has travelled to some of the remotest corners of sub-Saharan Africa to highlight the pivotal role that traditional communities play in places where the earth’s resources are minimal and under growing threat. His striking portraits emphasize beauty and inherent strength as well as giving us insight into traditional dress and adornment.  John has also extended this work to document ethnic groups in India.

His work is exhibited worldwide through art fairs and has been featured in many periodicals and newspapers including interviews in Professional Photographer, Eyes In Magazine, Digital Photographer, Black and White Photography, Tribal Art Magazine, Go Magazine among many more.

John actively supports organisations that work within traditional African communities and from this he has been a guest speaker on BBC Radio 4 and at the London International Documentary Festival. John regularly donates works in support of charities such as Survival international and Concern Worldwide.  His piece “Lines that lead to perfection” featured in the  ‘Art for Africa’ auction at Sotheby’s in New York in 2011 selling for $10,600. It now resides in the Getty family private collection.

About his work John says:

“I felt that the vibrant and intense individuals from traditional communities would best show their magnetism when they were removed from the (often) dull and dusty backgrounds of their immediate environment… I imagined these people emerging from darkness, with no distractions, giving a feeling of proximity between the viewer and the subject.

I developed my technique in remote African villages in 2006.  I started experimenting with nothing but sunshine and a hut available as my “studio”.  Sun and the dry earth proved the only ingredients I required for lighting my portraits.  And of course I needed to find exceptional individuals to photograph!” 

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JOHN KENNY

Nganamya. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Turkana woman from Kenya

Nganamya

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Nawoi. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Turkana woman from Kenya

Nawoi

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Merayun. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Rendille woman from Kenya

Merayun

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Madina. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Gabbra woman from Kenya

Madina

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Ltailson. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Samburu man from Kenya

Ltailson

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lerrin. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Rendille man from Kenya

Lerrin

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lemarleni. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Samburu man from Kenya

Lemarleni

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lekutano. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Samburu man from Kenya

Lekutano

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Kakuwsa. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Rendille man from Kenya

Kakuwsa

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Acuan. A portrait photograph by John Kenny of a Turkana man from Kenya

Acuan

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Learnesi. Portrait by John Kenny

Learnesi

John Kenny

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Ramji Bhagu by John Kenny

Ramji Bhagu

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Kashi. A portrait by John Kenny

Kashi

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Parvati

Parvati

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Loha

Loha

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Ancho - B&W

Ancho

John Kenny

£850.00£2,500.00

Nyangatom boy

Nyangatom boy

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Ekerun - A portrait photograph from Africa by John Kenny

Ekerun

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Inchoy

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Amuria - A portrait photograph from Africa by John Kenny

Amuria

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

The Fairground

John Kenny

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Nakini

Nakini

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lopayok

Lopayok

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Kedenye - A portrait photograph from Africa by John Kenny

Kedenye

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Gumatoo - A portrait photograph from Africa by John Kenny

Gumatoo

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Naiio - Portrait by John Kenny

Naiio

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Pitali - Portrait by John Kenny

Pitali

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Loicherua - Portrait by John Kenny

Loicherua

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lokope - Portrait by John Kenny

Lokope

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Ikulme - Portrait by John Kenny

Ikulme

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Emon - Portrait by John Kenny

Emon

John Kenny

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Loile - Portrait by John Kenny

Loile

John Kenny

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Bargi

Bargi

John Kenny

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Barjo

Barjo

John Kenny

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Karepo Nawa

Karepo Nawa

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Himba Siblings

Himba Siblings

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

San man. Portrait by John Kenny

The San man

John Kenny

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Himba child l

Himba child l

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Himba child II

Himba child ll

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Mukuru

Mukuru

John Kenny

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Himba woman

Himba woman

John Kenny

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Himba lady

Himba lady

John Kenny

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Otjitando

Otjitando

John Kenny

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Mynga

Mynga

John Kenny

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Nambuele

Nambuele

John Kenny

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Assile

Assile

John Kenny

£2,550.00£4,500.00

Fula shepherd

Fula shepherd

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Tuareg warrior

Tuareg warrior

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Wodaabe maiden

Wodaabe maiden

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Pure Wodaabe

Pure Wodaabe

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Korohan

Korohan

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Konbaki

Konbaki

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Pyramids

Pyramids

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lemoroko

Lemoroko

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Gambella

Gambella

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Nakuti

Nakuti

John Kenny

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Dansho

Dansho

John Kenny

£1,800.00£3,500.00

Farthest East

Farthest East

John Kenny

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Displaced

Displaced

John Kenny

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Glimpses

John Kenny

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Assaita

Assaita

John Kenny

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Baragoi

Baragoi

John Kenny

£2,350.00£3,500.00

Malasso

Malasso

John Kenny

£650.00£3,500.00

Lakuru

Lakuru

John Kenny

£800.00£3,500.00

Ltiriyan

Ltiriyan

John Kenny

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