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Meet a Man Who Has Photographed the World’s Sacred Places Kenro Izu’s Lecture/Book Signing at Detroit Institute of Arts

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Kenro Izu will discuss photographs of religious sites he’s taken over the last 10 years. Izu’s lecture/ book signing will feature imagery from remote and sacred places throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Free with museum admission.

Izu has traveled extensively since 1979, sometimes battling extreme weather conditions and awaiting political permission to photograph once populated religious sites and monuments around the world. Many of these locations are now endangered from neglect, environmental challenges, or overexposure to human contact. Izu often hiked for weeks outside the reach of public transportation, taking a custom-made, 300-pound, large-format camera and very limited amount of 14” x 20” negatives. Upon reaching his destination, he sought an ideal view and sometimes waited hours for perfect light conditions and air density.

In the studio, Izu printed the negatives onto watercolor paper that he hand coated with a light-sensitive solution containing platinum chloride to give the images an illustrious depth. He is one of very few contemporary photographers using the platinum printing process.

Kenro Izu: Sacred Places will remain on view 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.

Two of Izu’s books, Bhutan: The Sacred Within and Passage to Angkor, are available in the DIA’s Museum Shop and can be signed by Izu during the book signing.

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.

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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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