YUMIKO IZU (Japanese, b. 1968)

Yumiko Izu studied at the Visual Arts School in Osaka, Japan, her hometown. After moving to the United States, she studied at the Brooks Institute of Photography in California, where she received a B.A. degree.

In 1998, Yumiko moved to New York City and started working on various assignments in advertising and editorial photography. In 2003, she began her professional career in fine art photography, using the platinum-palladium printing process and an 8 x 10 camera. In 2008, she started producing large-scale pigment prints.

Yumiko is a recipient of the 2007 Photographers' Fellowship from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Work from her series Secret Garden has been featured in Ralph Lauren’s stores internationally.

Since 2011, Yumiko has been working on a still life series of animal skulls using an 11 x 14 camera. Studying the interplay of life and death, which has long abandoned these relics, Yumiko will show the work in Tokyo, Japan, in late 2013.

Yumiko currently lives and works in Rhinebeck, New York.