"Kenro Izu: Seduction" - A presentation and book signing by the artist.

Event date: 
Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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Drawing on 19th-century photo techniques, Kenro Izu's still lifes and portraits are poised between lustrous sensuality and austere grandeur.

Kenro Izu: Seduction presents Izu's images of fruits, plants and human figures, all made with a large-format film camera and contact printed in platinum from 8x10 to 14x20-inch negatives. Izu’s photographs are gorgeous—the artist, inspired by 19th-century photography methods, has been working with a large-format camerasince 1983, making detailed, lustrous contact prints on hand-coated platinum palladium paper. A master technician, Izu is considered one of the greatest living platinum printers. Izu aims to capture something of the spirit or inner life of his chosen subject—whether it be a still life or an ancient, sacred monument, and describes this tension between capturing the essence and beauty of the subject as an “effort to hold myself at the very edge (before falling into the dark hole of seduction).”

Kenro Izu was born in Japan and studied at Nippon University in Tokyo before deciding to settle in New York. In 1979 he began what has become a lifelong project, traveling to photograph the world’s sacred places. His journeys to Angkor Wat led him to establish a free pediatric hospital in Cambodia and found Friends Without a Border, a nonprofit organization to help Asian children.

 

Kenro Izu: Seduction Cover Image
By Kenro Izu (Photographer), Eikoh Hosoe (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9788862085793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Damiani Ltd - March 27th, 2018

Kenro Izu: Territories of the Soul Cover Image
By Filippo Maggia (Editor)
$55.00
ISBN: 9788857224756
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Skira - April 21st, 2015