Kenro IZU, Yumiko IZU: The Holy Light of Platinum

Japanese-America photographer Kenro IZU (1949-present) is best known for his platinum-palladium prints photographs taken with 8×10, 11×14 and 14×20 large format cameras.  His photographs have been cover a wide range of subjects such as sacred ruins from across the globe, still-life studies; the people and cultural traditions of the countries in Bhutan and India as well as his new projects in Japan which includes photographs of Noh masks from over 600 years ago.

Another more than 20 platinum prints from two series of Yumko’s “Secret Garden” (2011) and “Icarus” (2016) will be exhibited. The former feels the echoes of the life and things they carry through the ephemeral life cycle of flowers, the latter through artificial materials to make bird nests and feathers.

Welcome to join us the Photo Talk with artist Kenro IZU and Edward Chiu, a curator of 1839 Contemporary Gallery, on Saturday afternoon, August 6th. 


Photographer Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan in 1949 and studied at the Nihon University School of Art in Tokyo. He devoted his life to photography and reviving the lost art of platinum/palladium printing.  Kenro Izu’s work is widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan and is held in major museum collections around the world, including 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 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.


Yumiko Izu studied at the Visual Arts School in her hometown of Osaka, Japan and later moved to the United States, where she obtained her B.A. from the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. In 1998 she relocated to New York City where she worked in commercial and editorial photography before launching her fine art career in 2003, using 8×10 and 11×14 large-format cameras and the platinum/palladium printing process.

Yumiko Izu is a recipient of the 2007 Photographers’ Fellowship from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and has held numerous exhibitions in the United States and Japan. She currently lives and works in Rhinebeck, NY.

Kenro IZU, Yumiko IZU: The Holy Light of Platinum
Taipei Show│09.06.2022 – 10.02.2022
Curated by│Edward, I-Chien CHIU (Tokyo University of the Arts, phD)
Location│1839 Contemporary Gallery
TEL│02-2778 8758
Open hours│Tue.-Sun. 11:00-19:00

Tainan Show│07.29.2022 – 09.03.2022
Curated by│Edward, I-Chien CHIU (Tokyo University of the Arts, phD)
Photo Talk|08.06, 2022 @15:00 Kenro IZU & Edward CHIU
Reception Party│08.06 2022 @16:30
Location│Licence Art Gallery,
Address|No. 203-1, Sec 1, Fuqian Road, West Central District Tainan City 700, Taiwan ROC,
Open hours│Tue.-Sat. 13:00-18:00

Curator│Edward CHIU

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