Title: KENRO IZU: STILL LIFE - Rare Pristine Copy ...
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1998
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 120 pages. Published in 1998. The artist/photographer's breakthrough debut collection. One of the most beautiful art photography books of the last decade of the 20th century. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Kenro Izu, James Crump, and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Red cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted on the recessed center and titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Kenro Izu. Introduction by Richard Gere. Essay by Arthur Ollman. List of Plates appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Kenro Izu's "Still Life". The artist/photographer's floral still lifes and female nudes. Kenro Izu has been producing Platinum Palladium prints for many years, using large-format cameras and contact printing images as large as 14 X 20 inches. The resulting prints possess both a visual sensuality and tactile sensuousness; their surface qualities and rich tonalities allude to the hand-crafted beauty of earlier Movements in photography, a running theme of Kenro Izu's work. They demand contemplation and immersion from the viewer as they reveal the hidden nature of life's complex beauty. "Instilled with the meditative quality and precision of a Japanese garden, these pictures evoke an emotional and visceral response. Although beauty is captured on every page, there are also elements of tragedy in the brief glimpses of life that slowly succumb to decay. Izu's work strives to capture the disappearing moments following idealized perfection. The metaphors of life, death, and decay also point to our own fate, as shown in the scrutiny of human forms. With his refined vision, Kenro Izu's images offer insight and invite introspection" (Lucas Hilbert). A gem of a book: Pure, luminous, and sublime. An absolute "must-have" title for Kenro Izu collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Kenro Izu. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 55 duotone plates. One of the finest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KENRO IZU TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1892041022. Bookseller Inventory # 11188
Synopsis: Master photographer Kenro Izu has for years been working with the platinum palladium process to create stunning floral and nude still lifes. Using large-format cameras, and contact printing images as large as 14 x 20 inches, Izus photographs possess a rare sensuality and tactility. The photographs surface qualities and rich tonalities reference the hand-crafted beauty of earlier movements in photography, but these images are timelessthey beg contemplation and immersion from the viewer. Its no wonder Izu has been noticed by such important photography collectors as Elton John. This book, the first devoted to Izus still lifes, is certain to be a classic tome in contemporary photography. Printed on luscious Italian stock in large format, the images come alive in this rarefied book object designed by Elsa Kendall. The images are accompanied by an introduction written by Richard Gere, and an interpretive essay by noted curator Arthur Ollman.
Review: In this stunning collection of still-life flowers and figures, photographer Kenro Izu's black and white images reveal the hidden nature of life's complex beauty. Instilled with the meditative quality and precision of a Japanese garden, these high-contrast pictures evoke an emotional and visceral response. Although beauty is captured on every page, there are also elements of tragedy in the brief glimpses of life that slowly succumb to decay. Izu's work strives to capture the disappearing moments following idealized perfection. Here, time is the subject of each photograph, showing the power of subtle degeneration. The metaphors of life, death, and decay also point to our own fate, as shown in the scrutiny of human forms. Izu's special process of using a custom-made camera to produce unusually large 14-by-20-inch negatives for platinum prints produces images with amazing clarity and detail. The exposed form and texture of skin and flowers cannot hide the blemished and deteriorating idiosyncrasies of the subjects. With his refined vision, Kenro Izu's images offer insight and invite introspection. --Lucas Hilbert
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