Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan in 1949. He attended Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo from 1969-1972. After moving to the United States in 1972 he spent two years working as a photo assistant in New York City and subsequently established his own studio, specializing in still life photography.
Since 1979, in addition to his well established commercial work, Kenro began his serious professional commitment to his fine art photography, traveling the world to capture the sacred ancient stone monuments in their natural settings. He traveled and documented Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island (Chile). Mot recently he focused on Buddhism and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Through them, he captures profound beauty with natural states of decay.
Recently Izu founded Friends Without a Border an organization devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia. Profits from select prints sales and his recent book Light Over Ancient Angkor are donated to this worthy cause.
From the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of View Camera magazine.