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Detroit Institute of Arts Flickr Contest will be Over in a Flash Time is Winding Down to Submit Entries for Activity that Celebrates Kenro Izu Exhibition

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

(Detroit)—If you haven’t entered your photo in the Detroit Institute of Art’s (DIA) Detroit’s Sacred Places contest you only have a few more days. The contest, which began July 9, ends Sept. 3.

The photo contest on Flickr, an online photo-sharing Web site, is in conjunction with the museum’s Kenro Izu: Sacred Places exhibition. Each entrant can submit one unmodified photograph that captures his/her interpretation of “Sacred Detroit.” It must be accompanied by an artist statement that’s no more than 100 words. A full list of contest rules is on the Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr group site,

Currently dozens have entered phenomenal photos taken throughout the metropolitan area for their chance to win the top prize of a signed copy of Izu’s book Light Over Sacred Places of Asia, two front row seats to hear Izu speak about his work at the DIA on Sept. 14, and admission for two to a post-lecture strolling supper.

Exhibition curators Nancy Barr and Amelia Chau, as well as Kyohei Abe, professor of photography at the College for Creative Studies, are reviewing and commenting on a selection of the submissions in a blog at The three also serve as contest judges. To enter or view others’ photos, go to The winner will be contacted on Sept. 8, and announced on the blog and Flickr website.

The Kenro Izu: Sacred Places exhibition will remain on display until Oct. 12. The DIA is the last venue on the exhibition tour. It is also the inaugural exhibition in the museum’s newly refurbished Albert and Peggy de Salle Gallery of Photography.

Izu, a practicing Buddhist, is renowned for his stunningly beautiful photographs of the ancient temples in Angkor, Cambodia. He was born in Japan and lives in New York City. In addition to images of familiar sites such as the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and the statues on Easter Island, Sacred Places also includes photographs of less well-known sacred places in Syria, Jordan, Scotland, and New Mexico. Izu made captivating images of Buddhist and Hindu sites in India, the Himalayas, Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, and China, which comprise the majority of images in this exhibition. Many of these locations, featured in the more than 50 black-and-white images, are now endangered from neglect, environmental challenges, or overexposure to human contact.

Kenro Izu: Sacred Places was organized and is circulated by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts. All photographs are lent by The Lane Collection, courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Another Kenro: Izu: Sacred Places related activity:

Lecture and Book Signing with Kenro Izu
Sunday, September 14, 2–3 p.m., Lecture Hall.
Izu will lecture on his photographic work made over the last 10 years featuring imagery from many remote and sacred places throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Free with museum admission.

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

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