Still Life 400
Still Life 400
Still Life 400

Kenro Izu

Still Life 400


Original Platinum-Palladium Photograph

Image dimensions: 20" x 14"
Mounted dimensions: 28" x 22"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $9,000
Still Life 400
Still Life 400
Still Life 400



14x20 inch Platinum-Palladium photograph by Kenro Izu, "Still Life 400." Individually handmade by Kenro Izu from custom 14x20 format Kodak sheet film and signed in pencil along lower edge. Mounted on 22x28 inch cotton rag museum board with artist’s stamp, title, date and edition number on verso. The artist paints the surface-emulsion of each photograph by hand and therefore, the brush strokes and tonal range is unique to each work in the edition of 10.


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When is comes to craft, Kenro Izu is a true master of the Platinum-Palladium and Cyanotype alternative processes. The first photographer to ever tell our gallery director – “8×10 format is too small!” – Izu works with a modified 11×14 Deardorff view camera that has been customized to fit 14×20. Most of his still life images were made using custom 14×20 format Kodak Plus X sheet film; however, when Kodak stopped making film, he began working with Fuji Acros and has been ever since.

kenro izu holding 14x20 inch sheet film


The platinum process is based on the characteristics of light-sensitive iron salts, which react with platinum salts to form platinum metal. Palladium is a very rare metal and is slightly whiter in appearance than platinum and white gold. A sheet of paper is coated with a solution of these salts to make it sensitive to light. Once dry, the sensitized paper is exposed to light through a negative, developed in a chemical solution, cleared, and washed. The final photograph’s hue may range from charcoal gray to sepia depending on the chemical properties of the sensitizer and developer. Various image hues can also be achieved by adjusting the moisture content of the sensitized paper and/or the temperature at which a photograph is developed. Further chemical additions to the sensitizer and/or developer provide seemingly endless options for fine-tuning the appearance of the photograph.