Michael Kahn
American Photographer & Conservationist


Michael Kahn is a photographer whose luminous and powerful images represent his two life-long passions: the ocean and classic sailing yachts. He travels the globe to produce his series of works. 

 “Like another great American master, Ansel Adams, Michael Kahn’s photographs distinguish themselves for their sureness of vision, richness of atmosphere and subtlety of surface. With a simple straightforward approach he’s able to make statements of great complexity, and evocative power that transform the ordinary worlds into images of ethereal beauty and resonance.

Russell Jinishian, J Russell Jinishian Gallery
Publisher of Marine Art Quarterly

Michael Kahn hand-prints his images using a process he developed over many years researching and working in the darkroom. Michael's warm toned black and white images are unique and demonstrate his expertise as a fine printer.

"It is unusual to see a photograph and instantly know who took the shote. With this hand-toned, gelatin silver print, the photographer can only be Michael Kahn." Cruising World magazine

As a lover of nature, the sea, and sailboats, Michael’s work perpetuates the beauty and majesty of our all too-fragile environment and celebrates the architecture of sailing vessels and those who preserve them.

"Michael's black and white photography captures the emotions felt in the presence of lakes and oceans and the grace and freedom associated with sailing. He is a true master of the art of photography both behind the camera and in the darkroom." Bruce McGaw, Bruce McGaw Graphics

Represented by international galleries, Michael Kahn’s works are also held in both private and large corporate collections, such as McGraw Hill, Liberty Property Trust, and MBNA Bank. He photographed, under assignment, for EXXON, DuPont de Nemours Company, and Nations Bank Visa.  His prints are seen in set designs for films by MGM; his still shots appear in the Warner Brothers film, “Message in a Bottle,” and the James Bond film, “Die Another Day.”

Michael has been profiled and his images showcased in prominent magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, Coastal Living, Architectural Digest, Classic Boat, Sailing World, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and ForbesLife.

Michael Kahn’s work has been published in several books, Brandywine, through The Jarad Company, in 1990, and a collection of his classic boat photographs titled The Spirit of Sailing in 2004 with Courage Books.  His images are printed on posters published by Bruce McGaw Graphics, note cards and seascape calendars by Graphique de France LTD, sailing calendars by Brown-Trout, and note cards by Mystic Seaport Museum.


  • 2019 Galleria Silecchia, 20 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota,FL, Friday Jan 18, 5-8pm
  • 2018 Stanhope and Spencer, 342 Main Street, Rockland ME
  • 2017 “Spirit of the Sea” Martin Gallery, Charleston SC
  • 2017 “Spirit of the Sea” Sheldon Gallery of Fine Art, Newport RI
  • 2017 “Set Sail” Preview of the 62nd Annual Arts Festival, Solo Exhibition, South Shore Arts Center, Cohassett, MA
  • 2017 “Summer 2017- Featuring the J Class Revival Photographs” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • 2017 “Balancing Act” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • 2016 “Photographs of the Sea” Solo Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT
  • 2016 “Just This” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • 2015 “Over the Dunes,” book release, signing, gallery tour, North Water Gallery Martha’s Vineyard; Focus Gallery Chatham MA; Martin Gallery Charleston SC
  • 2015 “Sailing,” Three-Person Exhibition, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury
  • 2014 “First Light,” Two-Person Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • 2014 Gallery talk, Focus Gallery, Chatham, MA
  • 2014 Gallery talk, North Water Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
  • 2014 “Becalmed,” Two-Person Exhibition, Martin Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • 2013 “Work Zone,” Group Exhibition, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD
  • 2013 “Close to the Edge,” Group Exhibition, Hard Castle Gallery, Centreville, DE
  • 2012 Centennial Juried Exhibition, Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE
  • 2012 “For the Love of Boats,” Exhibition, Shaw Contemporary Jewelry, Northeast Harbor, ME
  • 2012 “At Night: Images in the half light,” Exhibition, Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
  • 2012 Art for Embassies 2012 Program, two silver gelatin photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain
  • Galleria Silecchia Ongoing Exhibition of framed works
  • April 2006 Seascapes Exhibit Carla Massoni Gallery
  • Summer 2005 Carla Massoni Gallery
  • 2005 San Diego Maritime Museum: Solo Exhibition
  • 2004 Art for Embassies Program: Consigned 2 handmade photographs to the U.S. Embassy in Katmandu
  • 2004  “The Spirit of Sailing: Kip Marina: Inverkip, Scotland
  • 2004  “The Spirit of Sailing: 8 Solo exhibitions visiting galleries across the U.S
  • July 2003  “The Spirit of Sailing Exhibit – Carla Massoni Gallery
  • June 2003 Sun Sand Sea Exhibit – Carla Massoni Gallery
  • 2002 “Golden Age of Sail”: 8 solo exhibitions visiting galleries across the U.S.
  • 2002 “Golden Age of Sail” Carla Massoni Gallery
  • 2001 “Light, Wind and Water,” Edward Carter Gallery, NYC: Solo Exhibition
  • 2001 “Light, Wind and Water,” Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE: Solo Exhibition
  • 2001 Gardner-Colby Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard: Labor Day Solo Show
  • 2001 Alinder Gallery, CA: Group Show
  • 1998 Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic Seaport Museum
  • 1997 Gardner Colby Gallery, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA


  • Over the Dunes, Brilliant Press 2015
  • The Spirit of Sailing: A Celebration of Sea and Sail: Courage Books 2004
  • Brandywine, The Jarad Company 1990


  • Coastal Living
  • Forbes Life
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • Chesapeake Home
  • Attache
  • Focus Magazine
  • Adirondack Life
  • Women’s Day
  • The Hunt
  • Classic Boat
  • Classic Yacht
  • Classic Boat, UK
    Elle Decor
  • woman's Day
  • Sailing Magazine
  • Sailing Journal: Germany
  • The New York Times
  • Town & Country
  • Home & Interiors: Scotland
  • Homes Plus: Scotland
  • Architectural Digest
  • 1990 Mid-Atlantic Magazine, Honored as one of their Leading Photographers
  • Maritime Life and Traditions
  • Marine Art Quarterly
  • Rangefinder Magazine
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Coastal Living
  • Country Living
  • Cruising World
  • Delaware Today
  • Family Circle
  • Historic Preservation
  • Latitudes
  • Mid-Atlantic Country
  • Photo Technik International
  • Sailing World


  • The American Board of Surgery
  • Microsoft Collection
  • McGraw Hill
  • Exxon
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
  • NationsBank
    MGM Studios
  • Universal Pictures
  • Bostonian Shoes
  • Territory Ahead
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • MBNA Corporation
  • Dean Witter Reynolds
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc
  • Lukens Steel, Inc.
  • Starnet, L.P.
  • Vanguard
  • Bain Capital
  • Liberty Property Trust
  • First USA Bank VISA
  • Nations Bank VISA
  • MGM
  • Starnet, Inc.
  • Grisko, Inc.
  • Nu Skin


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