Kenny Karpov works with soviet film cameras and expired film and also enjoys working with 120/220 medium format film and digital photography. He says of his work: “I wish to create images that are sincere, vivid and powerful.” Based on these three elements, Karpov photographs all kind of subjects, street, documentary, or simply some moments which are special to him. His passion can be traced back to when he received his first camera when he was just fourteen years old. The camera in question, a Kiev 19, provoked a curiosity and enthusiasm that has not faded to this day. His photography is not only a medium for creating pictures, but also a method to communicate with people and the world. Using a spontaneous method, he portrays people and that which surrounds them.
He has traveled the world for the last five years documenting the lives of people at various stages of their migration from war-torn countries to Europe. His latest project is a nonfiction novella entitled Despite It All We Never Learn — a collection of refugee testimonials that were recorded and written aboard various rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea over the course of seventeen missions from 2015 - 2019.
His work has been shown in a number of galleries in the US and Europe.
His first solo exhibition of work at M Contemporary Art, entitled Despite It All We Never Learn, will be on view from November 22 - December 14, 2019.