Mona Kuhn

Image: AD 6046, 2014 © 2021 Mona Kuhn.

Mona Kuhn: Works

Thames & Hudson, 2021

10 in x 12.3 in x 1.1 in | 224 pp, 180 colour and black and white illustrations | Hardcover | English


Mona Kuhn: Works is the first retrospective by one of the most respected and widely exhibited contemporary art photographers working today.

Acclaimed for her contemporary depictions, Brazilian artist Mona Kuhn is considered a leading artist in the world of figurative discourse. Throughout a career spanning more than twenty years, the underlying theme of her work is her reflection on humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity. As she solidified her photographic style, Kuhn created a notable approach to the nude by developing friendships with her subjects and employing a range of playful visual strategies that use natural light and minimalist settings to evoke a sublime sense of comfort between the human figure and its environment. Her work is natural, restful, and a reinterpretation of the nude in the canon of contemporary art.

Mona Kuhn: Works features images from throughout Kuhn’s career, including previously unseen work, and will introduce her distinct aesthetic to a wide, popular audience. Accompanied by insightful texts by Rebecca Morse, Chris Littlewood, Darius Himes and Simon Baker and an interview with Elizabeth Avedon, the reader is provided with invaluable insights into Kuhn’s creative process and the ways in which she works with her subjects and settings, and achieves the visual signature of her imagery.



Thursday 11 March 2021

6.30 pm GMT | 7.30 pm CET | 1.30 pm ET

For the inaugural Book Club live event, Brazilian artist Mona Kuhn talked to Andrew Sanigar, Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson. They will be discussing the artist’s oeuvre and her newest book ‘Mona Kuhn: Works’, published in March by Thames & Hudson.


Mona Kuhn (b.1969, Brazil) has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1989 and is currently an independent scholar at the Getty Research Institute. Her work is included in major institutions around the world. Her previous series-based monographs include Mona Kuhn: Photographs, Bordeaux Series, Native, Private, Evidence, She Disappeared Into Complete Silence (all by Steidl) – Bushes and Succulents (by Stanley/Barker) and Study (by TBW books).


Andrew Sanigar is Commissioning Editor, Photography and Design at Thames & Hudson where his role is to develop the company’s programme of photography publications. Notable photography titles he has commissioned include Magnum Magnum (first published in 2007) and Magnum Contact Sheets (first published in 2011), Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements (published in 2016), Alex Prager: Silver Lake Drive, Civilization: The Way We Live Now (both published in 2018), Africa State of Mind by Ekow Eshun and On Photographs by David Campany (both published in 2020). Forthcoming highlights for Spring 2021 and beyond include Todd Webb in Africa: Outside The Frame, Face Time: A History of the Photographic Portrait and Matt Black’s first monograph, American Geography

‘Mona Kuhn: Works’ © Thames & Hudson


Phillip II, 1997 © 2021 Mona Kuhn


Refractions, 2006 © 2021 Mona Kuhn


Doppelgänger, 2009 © 2021 Mona Kuhn