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Izu, Kenro (Artist/Photographer); Gere, Richard & Ollman, Arthur (Contributors). KENRO IZU: STILL LIFE. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New.

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. The book is now very scarce. An austerely brilliant production by Kenro Izu, James Crump, and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. 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 uncoated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents 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 "must-have" title for Kenro Izu collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the half-title page by Kenro Izu. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 55 duotone plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KENRO IZU TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041022. $400.00

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