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A Thirty Year Retrospective by Kenro IZU

2015.12.05 Kenro IZU

Cyanotype over platinum palladium print by KENRO IZU
A Thirty Year Retrospective

Public On-View:2015/12/06 (Sat)–31 (Thu)
Venue:1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
Free Admission

The cyanotype or blue print and platinoytype are oldest printing methods in photography history. Sir John Herschel was making cyanotypes and platinoytype as early as 1841 and they are very popular process during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

We are pleased to present over 30 pieces of prints made in platinum palladium and cyanotype (blue) by KENRO IZU.  All prints involve hand-painting emulsion onto the paper in darkness prior to exposure.

Meanwhile we also offer the limited of signed photo books with special price for two titles – A Thirty Year Retrospective; Bhutan.

The Thirty Year Retrospective is to celebrate the thirtieth year of the ongoing ‘Sacred Places’ series; this photo book is a stunning collection of the artist ’most powerful work to date.

Izu’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.

The photographs in Bhutan: The Sacred Within reflect Izu’s exploration of a country that he visited repeatedly over a period of six years (2002-2007) and in which he found a wealth of spiritual value.

Order signed photobooks, welcome stop by at 1839 Contemporary Gallery (tel: 02-27788458).

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Open call for the 4th term of 1839 Young Photographer Award Exhibition

We invite photographers (over 18 years under 35 years old) to submit their finest work—in color or black and white, using any photographic process or style of camera.

The images selected as finalists by the jury will be exhibited at 1839 Little Gallery in 2016.

Deadline for submission till the end of November, 2015


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Kenro IZU’s platinum photography



Classical techniques – platinum printing process
Kenro IZU Solo Exhibition 

Public On-View2015/10/16 (Fri)–11/29 (Sun)
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
10/31  (Sat) 14:30
Edward Chiu, Curator of 1839 Contemporary Gallery, in conversation with Artist Kenro IZU.

Venue1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
Free Admission

Photographer Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan in 1949 and Studied at Nihon University, College of Arts in Tokyo. He has spent his life committed to photography and reviving the lost art of the platinum/palladium print. Kenro Izu’s work is widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan, and is in the collections of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and many other private collections.

Kenro Izu’s technique is the platinum-palladium prints. The platinum printing process requires a contact printing process which means a negative and a print will be the same size.  The print cannot be enlarged. Thus all the exhibited prints at 1839 Contemporary Gallery are made by 14×20 inch print which is same size of 14×20 inch negative using his custom 14×20 view camera.

Izu has been the recipient of the Catskill Center for Photography Fellowship in 1992, a NEA grant in 1984, the New York Foundation for Arts grant in 1985, the Lou Stouman Award in 1999, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001, the Vision Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2005 and a Lucie Award in 2007.


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FACE, photograph by Chen Cho-Pang, Albert


Public On-View:2015/08/28 (Sat)–09/27 (Sun)
Opening Reception & Artist Talk :8/29  (Sat) 14:30
Venue:1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
Free Admission

The word “FACE” has the meaning of front part head, as well as to confront impudently. Photographer filmed Hong Kong’s observers and actors portraits in political, academic, and social movements over the past decade, using “closed eyes” and “extended face” in the form of presentation.

Welcome to join us with artist at the opening reception starting 14:30 on Saturday 29 of August.  Thank you for BABI providing the Almonds Sea Salt in Dark Choc brand name of GHIRARDELLI.

About Artist, Chen Cho-Pang, Albert:

Taiwan professional photographer
Former《China Times》photojournalist
Current《Apple Daily (Taiwan)》photojournalist
2013 co-published book 《Taipei Day and Night》 with Dan Wang

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Platinum Print Series – Cy DeCosse Solo Exhibition

Cy DeCosse Solo Exhibition

Public On-View2015/07/11 (Sat)08/16 (Sun)
Opening Reception
7/11  (Sat) 14:30
1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da
an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
Free Admission

DeCosse’s philosophy is simple, “a photograph should be interesting to look at. I like to get in close,” he says, ‘so you see things you’ve never seen before.”

Cy brings his background of artist and art director to the art of photography. His love of photography began in Florence, Italy as a Fulbright student. His learning continued as he collaborated with many of America’s best photographers in his career as an agency Art Director. Cy believes in close, intimate images that show ordinary things in a surprising new light. He paints backgrounds that “float” the subject in a world of its own. Alternative processes give his images a look that is different and appropriate to the moment.

DeCosse’s work is in numerous public collections including the England Royal Trust and the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. His work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad.

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3rd term of 1839 Young Photographer Award Exhibition


Your first one-man show will be at 1839 Little Gallery
The photo works selected as finalists of the 3rd term of 1839 Yang Photographer Award are:
This is Home, photograph by Yu-Tzu PAI (白育慈)
Dear Diary, photograph by Wen-Fu ZHAN (湛文甫)
Before the Lumiere, photograph by Zheng-Yi LIN (林錚宜)
Where nobody knows if it’s night or day, photograph by Sheng-Feng CHEN (陳聖豐)
Keelung, photograph by Jin-Qing CHOU (周津輕)
Frozen Fruit, photograph by You-Xuan LIN (林佑軒 )

About 1839 Young Photographer Award Exhibition (Art Director: Dr. Edward Chiu)

In response to the first launch of the Photography Department of Taiwan at TungFang Design institute, 1839 Contemporary Art Gallery plays as corporate social responsibility to promote the photographic art education and hunt for young talent in photography filed to have opportunity showcase their works. The first launch of 1839 Young Photographer exhibition was established in the Sumer of 2014. We continue implementation of photographic knowledge into technology education turn into as valuable and productive power to lead forward the development of photographic education!

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Ansel Adams::Yosemite special edition

AA_Yosemite Special Edition

Public On-View:2015/05/23 (Sat)–06/28 (Sun)
Opening Reception :05/30 (Sat) 14:30
Venue:1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
Free Admission

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was born in San Francisco and took his first photograph with a Kodak Brownie box camera in Yosemite Valley when he was 14 years old.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Carter in 1980 for his conservation work.

29 different classic 8″ x 10″ photographs are now exhibition at 1839 Contemporary Gallery.
Ansel Adams launched the Yosemite Special Edition series in 1958.  Today, Alan Ross makes each Special Edition Photograph by hand from Adams’ original negative on gelatin silver fiber paper.

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Color Endowment Peony II-Unique by Chung-Ping Cheng


On-View Exhibition│2015 /5/29 (Fri) ~ 6/21 (Sun)
Opening Reception│ 05/30 (Sat) 14:30
Venue│1839 Little Gallery
B1, No. 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei 10696, Taiwan (R.O.C)
Free Admission

Color Endowment Peony II-Unique is an Artist (Chung-Ping Cheng) latest interpretation of peonies. She has been inspired by the unique colors used in Chinese paintings, such as Yao yellow, Wei purple, Bean green, Zhao pink, and Buddha head blue, etc. These beautiful names of the colors also refer to the rare varieties of peonies.

The idea of Blue Peony came from the late Chinese paining master Zhang Daqian’s Master Zhang has titled his work of blue peony as Buddha Head Blue.

All the prints were developed and enlarged in a darkroom.  The exhibition starts public on-view from 29 of May till 21 of June.  We’d like to welcome you to attend the opening at 14:30, on Saturday, 30 of May at 1839 Little Gallery.

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Public On-View:2015/04/10 (Fri)–05/17 (Sun)
Opening Reception & Photo Books Signing04/11 (Sat) 14:30

Venue:1839 Contemporary Gallery (Tel: 02-2778-8458)
B1, 120 Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
Free Admission

Japan Photographer “SUGIURA Masakazu” was born in Kyoto, loves in taking black and white prints.  These photographs were mainly taken when the people were sparse, between sunrise and early morning as well as on rainy days.

The cherry blossoms (sakura) usually bloom in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April in Kyoto.

The cherry blossoms is in full bloom in about seven days after flowering and then the peak bloom period is five or six days. It takes about two weeks from flowering to falling. They burst into bloom then fall fleetingly and gracefully. It is important parts of the reason why Japanese people love cherry blossoms.

As Sugiura’s comments, these from flowering to falling become a metaphor for both Life and Death in the Japanese mind, and these concepts are not mutually antagonistic.

Join us and welcome to bring your friends to the opening reception as well as book signing at Saturday afternoon, on 11th of April.


book signing

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