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“The Lumina Edition,” An Exhibit by Kenro and Yumiko Izu

June 14, 2018 12:09 pm

HILLSDALE — The Casana T House presents an exhibit of photographs by world-renowned Kenro and Yumiko Izu who also live in Rhinebeck, NY. Known for using large format view cameras and long exposure times, each of their distinctive art forms captures dramatic lighting, textures and a spirituality of places and subjects. In the Lumina Edition, the couple works together to lovingly examine details of trees, flowers, leaves, stones, fruits, grasses, twigs, snow. rain, wind—and the life and culture of the region—giving the viewer a unique, poetic and humanistic perspective into botanical themes. The artists would like the viewer to enjoy the harmony between art and life in the Lumina images.

The Lumina Edition will be on view at the Casana T House June 16 to July 10. Another group of photographs from the Lumina Edition will be on view from August 31 to September 30. A talk and book signing will take place on September 1, when Kenro’s book Seduction and Yumiko’s book Resonance will be available.


Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1949 and studied art at Nihon University in Tokyo. After establishing a studio in New York City he began traveling the world photographing sacred places from Egypt and the Middle East to Europe and Central and South America and Asia. Izu has since created major bodies of work focused on Cambodia, Nepal, Bhutan, and most recently India. His work has been published in numerous books, including Still Life (1998), Sacred Places (2001), Bhutan: Sacred Within (2007), 30 Year Retrospective (2010), Territories of the Soul (2014), and Seduction (2017), and can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu; Kiyasato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, among many others. Izu has received awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His current project is a series of photographs titled Requiem, made at the site of the ancient city of Pompeii in Italy.

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 Manhattan, New York and worked in commercial and editorial photography before launching her fine-art career in 2003, using 8x10 and 11x14 large-format cameras and the platinum/palladium printing process. Since 2008 Izu has been producing large-scale pigment prints. She 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. Her recent series include Secret Garden and Faraway, published by Serindia in the monograph Resonance, and Icarus, were showed in Tokyo and Taipei in 2017. Yumiko and her husband, Kenro will have three duo exhibitions at the galleries in Santa Fe, Paris and Bangkok in Fall 2018.

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