Lease of life
New York-based photographer Kenro Izu’s prevailing work on India is on view at the city’s Howard Greenberg Gallery until 9 December. Focused on the ethos and spirituality of India’s traditions, 'Eternal light' brings into beguiling focus the experiences of joy and suffering related to death and the afterlife. Sacred cities Varanasi and Allahabad supply the backdrop to the portraits and landscapes, which outwardly translate earthy concerns. In tune with the emotions of his subjects, Izu says, 'It’s as though the Hindu gods have suggested that I think about the question, "Where are people heading, in this life and after?"'.
Pictured: Eternal Light 62 #9 Allahabad, India, by Kenro Izu, 2013. Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Writer: Samantha Thompson