May 18, 2019
Kenro Izu "Brushed with Light"
Reception with the Artist, May 18th, 3 ~ 5pm
Photography West Gallery
Carmel, CA


March 22 - July 31, 2019
Kenro Izu "Seduction"
Spazio Damiani
Bologna, Italy


March 15 - September 8, 2019
"Japanese Nudes"
Japan Museum SieboldHuis
Leiden, Netherlands


November 10, 2018 - June, 2019
Kenro Izu "Fuzyou - Forgotten Land
Amanyangyun Gallery
Han Feng Art Space
Shanghai, China


Book Release in 2018
“Eternal Light ”

Published by Steidle and HGG Library
Between 2013 and 2015, Izu photographed the people of India who were living in Vrindavan, Allahabad and Varanasi, the holy cities along the rivers of Yamuna and Ganges of.


New Project
“Time travel by Noh mask”
I encountered a private collection of Noh masks at the Sasayama Noh museum in Japan in 2017. The collection includes many masks from Muromachi periods (1338 ~ 1573), a 600+ years ago. These wooden hand-carved and painted masks, worn by numerous Noh actors over the years, seems absorbed the spirits of the actors, as well as the emotion of the role, the mask was made to express.

I have started the first photography at the museum in the summer of 2018.
By spending days facing to a mask privately, in a room with dim light, which face to a garden Shoji screen away, I have wondered into the periods, and the stories of the mask represented. Each scar and wears of paints have speaking stories of the time. Holes of eye of masks, as if they were looking at me in a present time, from the other side of the time periods.

I used 8x10 inch film camera, mainly for the purpose of printing in gelatin silver which I thought the most suitable for the project, and able to make Platinum contact prints for some images.

I am thankful to a generosity to allow me to photograph in the museum of Mr. Kaoru Nakanishi, the director/owner of the collection and the museum. I plan to continue this project for the next few years until I am fully wonder into the time periods of the Noh masks, to enjoy them.