Mikael Kennedy (b. 1979) was raised in the hills of Vermont. Inspired by his freight-hopping older brother, he hit the road at age 17. Bouncing from city to city, sometimes living out of his car, on friends’ floors, and working on an island ten miles off the coast of Maine, Kennedy spent a decade documenting his travels with a Polaroid SX70. This body of work would become the epic Passport to Trespass.
After a brief stint in Belgrade, Serbia in 2005 Kennedy landed in New York City where he spent the next 10 years working and studying with the fashion industry’s top photographers and exhibiting his photographs. Kennedy’s Polaroid collection, Passport To Trespass, was represented exclusively by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in Chelsea where his first solo show, ‘Shoot The Moon’ was exhibited at the historic Chelsea Hotel. Original Polaroids from this series are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as private collections worldwide.
Kennedy’s client list includes: Subaru, Ghurka, Club Monaco, J Crew, Levis, Miller, New Balance, Condé Nast Traveler, and Vogue. Much of his work is done as a collaborative process working directly with clients to build their vision on styling, art direction, and concept. Kennedy’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nylon, Dazed & Confused, WWD, GQ, Esquire, Time, Newsweek Magazine, and the WSJ. He won ‘Cover of the Year’ in Munich at the 2011 BCP Awards for an image from his American landscape series ‘The Odysseus’ on the cover of EB Magazine. Kennedy currently lives Los Angeles, CA in with his daughter and folk-singing wife whom he occasionally joins on tour, neither of them being content to ever be off the road for very long.