Publisher: Portland, Oregon: Nazraeli Press, 2008
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 111164
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First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Izu. Hardcover. Fine burnt-orange cloth-covered boards with title stamped in black on cover and spine, with tipped-in duotone plate on the cover; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text by Kenro Izu. Essay by Karma Ura. Includes a list of plates and excerpts from Izu's travelogue. Unpaginated (96 pp.), with 70 duotone plates and 4 additional duotone illustrations beautifully printed in China on heavy matte stock paper. 16-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.
Near Fine (small bump to boards at one corner, not affecting pages or plates, else Fine).
From the publisher: "Kenro Izu has spent much of his career traveling the world, seeking the sacred and spiritual in landscapes and the people who inhabit them, and attempting to capture the moments in which he senses these qualities are revealed. The photographs in Bhutan: The Sacred Within reflect Izu's exploration of a country that he visited repeatedly over a period of six years (2002-2007) and in which he found 'a wealth of spiritual value.' The people of Bhutan are heirs to an unbroken tradition of Buddhist government and religion. The kingdom is known for its measurement of national success, not in terms of the Gross National Product but rather in the Gross National Happiness of its people, a concept based on the Buddhist idea that happiness is an individual and inner pursuit. The Bhutanese government sees it as its responsibility to create the right environment for its citizens to seek happiness. Combining an artist's vision with exquisite sensitivity to the historical craft of photography, Izu creates work that brings us closer to a country on the brink of modernity that seeks to maintain traditions."