Friday, July 09, 2010

A Thirty Year Retrospective.

A Thirty Year Retrospective. Photographs by Kenro Izu. Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2010. 140 pp., 100 duotone illustrations, 11x15".

Japanese-born and New York-based photographer Kenro Izu is a well-known still-life photographer, who's had a number of books published and exhibited his work frequently.

"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."

The monograph 'A Thirty Year Retrospective' is a collection of work from this ongoing 'Sacred Places' series - a project that's been going for thirty years.

Quote from the publisher's description / Nazraeli Press.

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