Mona Kuhn


Mona Kuhn was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 1969 she is of German descent and attended Ohio State University and San Francisco Art Institute, since 1998 Mona Kuhn has been an independent studies scholar at the Getty research Institute. In the course work it describes Mona Kuhn’s use of soft focus and associated reverie.

In her ‘Evidence ‘series Mona Kunh seeks to represent the unclothed body as a natural essence of who we are. Mona Kohn is best known for her large scale dreamlike photographs of nudes. Her works often reference classical themes with a light and insightful touch. Kohns approach to her photography is unusual in that, she usually develops close relationships with her subjects, resulting in images of remarkable naturalness and intimacy, creating the effect that the people are naked but comfortable in their own skin.  The subjects and their gestures are suggestive but ultimately ambiguous. Held planes of focus lure the eye and provoke the imagination.


For me , there is a huge difference between naked and nude. Someone feels naked when they are caught off guard and /or in a vulnerable situation. The nude to me is always clothed, clothed with art history references all round, almost in a way it cannot escape it.

The nude I am interested in presents an inner strength and confidence that keeps them from ” Feeling Naked”.   Mona Kuhn

Initially I thought Oh No! I don’t want to look at nudes. I was expecting something seedy and shocking but I was totally wrong ! I was taken aback by the beauty of these images. The skin tones are practically luminous and glowing as if you are seeing the good in that person, like a vibrant purity almost.



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