Yumiko Izu studied at the Visual Arts School in her hometown of Osaka, Japan, and later moved to the United States, where she obtained her B.A. from the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. In 1998 she relocated to New York City, where she worked in commercial and editorial photography before launching her fine art career in 2003, using 8×10 and 11×14 large-format cameras and the platinum/palladium printing process.
In 2016, two of her series, Secret Garden (2011) and Faraway (2014), were published by Serindia Contemporary in a book titled Resonance.
Izu is a recipient of the 2007 Photographers’ Fellowship from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and has held numerous exhibitions in the United States and Japan.
She currently lives and works in Rhinebeck, New York.
Saul Leiter in Stillness is a quiet tribute to Saul Leiter. Japanese artist Yumiko Izu photographed Leiter’s studio three weeks after the photographer’s death, capturing the rooms he worked in, and the mementos he left behind: cameras, prints, paintings, undeveloped films and brushes and oil and watercolors and sketchbooks and cups and letters and other relics.
In her images, Izu traces Leiter’s life and sense for beauty through the artifacts he has left behind in his apartment in the East Village.
The book includes long essays by Pauline Vermare (photography curator) and Margit Erb (director of the Saul Leiter Foundation) as well as an afterword by the artist.