A Thirty Year Retrospective.
Photographs by Kenro Izu.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2010. 140 pp., 100 duotone illustrations, 11x15".
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1949, Kenro Izu moved to New York City
in the early 1970s, where he quickly established himself as a master
of still life photography. A chance viewing of the mammoth
plate photographs by the Victorian photographer Francis Frith
led Izu to travel to Egypt in 1979, to photograph the pyramids
and other sacred monuments. Thus began the artist’s renowned
series “Sacred Places,” which includes work from holy sites in
Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, Easter Island and,
more recently, Buddhist and Hindu sites in India, Cambodia,
Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, and China. Using a custom-made,
300-pound camera, Izu creates negatives that are 14 inches high
by 20 inches wide. The resulting platinum palladium prints are
widely recognized as being among the most beautiful prints in
the history of the medium. To celebrate the thirtieth year of the
ongoing “Sacred Places” series, we are proud to present Kenro
Izu’s Thirty Year Retrospective, a stunning collection of the artist’s
most powerful work to date. This gorgeous new monograph
comprises some 100 plates, beautifully printed in duotone on
matt art paper and bound in Japanese cloth.