Publisher: New York: Friends Without a Border, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 111410
First edition thus (originally published in 2003 by Channel Photographics), first printing. Signed and dated 2007 in black ink on the title page by Izu. Hardcover. Fine brown linen cloth with title stamped in gilt on front cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Kenro Izu. Introduction and poems by Helen Ibbitson Jessup. Designed by Elsa Kendall. 116 pp., with 71 tritone plates, beautifully printed by Meridian Printing, Rhode Island. 9-3/4 x 12-3/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 hardbound copies. Out of print. Scarce.
Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From the publisher: "Of his famous photograph of Kailash made in Tibet, in which the snowy peak is seen in otherworldly light, he recently said the image was a "gift from God." This combination of strenuous, physical intent to render the most difficult and far away places on film, combined with his near self-effacement before these sacred subjects, is the dominant motif we see, feel and intuit in Izu's powerful photographs. Of all the sacred sites that Izu has photographed since 1979, Angkor Wat is undoubtedly his spiritual and psychological base camp. While he has so often succeeded in representing the sacred and ancient landscape, Angkor Wat is the creative thread that weaves itself through all of his work. Angkor Wat is the touchstone-it supports Izu's output, and indeed holds it together like the geometrical matrix of the spider's web. For these reasons, Passage to Angkor, artfully re-examines this most important aspect of Izu's stunning career spanning the last quarter century, presenting Izu's most accomplished Angkor Wat photographs in a rarefied book form that is remarkable for it's physical beauty. Passage to Angkor will undoubtedly rank among the most important publications of these timeless and limitless photographs that depict one of the world's most mystical places. Passage to Angkor is accompanied by poems by Helen Ibbitson Jessup that were inspired by Izu's photographs. Passage to Angkor is also a traveling exhibition that opens December 4, 2003, at New York's Sepia Gallery. Author's proceeds will be donated to "Friends Without a Border", a charity founded in 1995 by Kenro Izu as a way of returning something to Cambodia for the many images he captured there."