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 Manhattan, New York and worked in commercial and editorial photography before launching her fine-art career in 2003, using 8x10 and 11x14 large-format cameras and the platinum/palladium printing process. Since 2008 Izu has been producing large-scale pigment prints.
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. Her recent series include "Secret Garden" and "Faraway," published by Serendia in the monograph Resonance, and "Icarus", to be debuted in Tokyo and Taipei in October 2017. Izu resides in Rhinebeck, New York.