Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France, this catalogue brings together an extraordinary selection of tree photographs by Seattle-based British photographer Michael Kenna (b. 1953). For over 40 years, Kenna has travelled the world with his camera, capturing trees and forests with his characteristic ethereal lighting, which he achieves by working in the early hours of the morning and late at night, and through the use of extremely long exposure times, often lasting up to 10 hours. Captured exclusively in black and white, these idyllic images are separated from both seasonal and geographical context, emphasising the diversity and plurality of the specimens photographed. On rare occasions, the existence of human civilisation peeps through in his works: a few stretches of road, buildings, fences and posts or, more surprisingly, slippers, constitute the only traces of human presence. This flattening of the setting and simplification of the subject matter allows us to re-imagine the colours traditionally associated with trees and to focus on the interplay between the matt, delicate black of their branches and the soft light filtering through them, generating the wonderful atmospheric effect so characteristic of Kenna’s photography.