Sacred Places: A Photo Journey I

Time weighs down on you
like an old, ambigious dream.
You keep moving,
trying to slip through it.

But even if you go to the ends of the earth,
you won’t be able to escape it

Still, you have to go there –
to the edge of the world.

~ Haruki Murakami

Kenro Izu (b. 1949) is a Japanese photographer based in the United States, known for his fine art photography that has taken him around the world to record little-known sacred places in timeless images that defy simple description.

Considered one of the greatest living platinum printers, Kenro was born in Osaka. He studied at Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo before moving to America in 1972. After spending two years working as a photo assistant in New York City, he proceeded to establish his own studio, specializing in still life photography. Kenro has received numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His works are exhibited in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. He also founded Friends Without a Border – an organization devoted to raising funds for children’s hospitals in Cambodia.

Sacred Places by Kenro Izu

Angkor Wat, Cambodia 1994
Ayutthaya, Thailand 1998
Petra, Jordan 1995
Callandish Standing Stones, Scotland 1985
Kjajuraho, India 1997
Rancho de Taos, New Mexico 1993
Ladakh, Ramayuru Gorge, India 1999
Ladakh, Thikse Gompa, India 1999
Mustang, Nepal 1998
Lhasa, Drepung, Tibet 1999
Vijayanagar, Hampi, India 1996
Machu Pichu, Peru 2001
Machu Pichu, Peru 2001
Kailash, Tibet 2000
Mustang, Nepal 1998
Pyramid of Maidun, Egypt 1985
Pyramid of Sakkara, Egypt 1985
Pyramid of Niches, Tajin, Mexico 1987
Kailash, Tibet 2000


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