Kenro Izu

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After spending his adolescence in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima, Kenro Izu (Osaka, 1949) moved to New York in 1970, where a few years later he opened his own photography studio. In 1979, a trip to Egypt inspired him a long research in the most evocative sacred sites in the world, and he gave birth to the series Sacred Places. In the early eighties, thanks to a research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Izu set up a camera, a 14×20 inch (35×50 cm) negative view camera, more suitable for his expressive needs. With this new equipment he strengthens his style that becomes a constant throughout his career: wide views nineteenth-century flavoured, eye-catching visions in no time. In the following years he began a new series of journeys in Scotland, England, France, Mexico, Peru and the United States, searching for the sacred sites linked to past civilizations. In the same period, he devoted himself to a new set of floral studies entitled Still Life, a work in progress that has spread to studies on the nude. For these studies, in 2002 he experienced the cyanotype on platinum printing, which gets dark images, dominated by a deep blue that give rise to the Blue series, completed in 2004 and presented at numerous exhibitions and publications. Between 2002 and 2007 he traveled again in Bhutan and his work on sacred sites evolves further and for the first time his research involves the human figure and the portrait. Since 2008 he has worked on India Where Prayer Echoes, in which he tells the devotion to the Hindu religion, through images of temples, monks and pilgrims.

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