Kenro Izu was born in 1949 in Osaka Japan. He attended Nilhon University, College of Art in Tokyo where he studied photography. After graduation, he decided to move to New York to pursue his career in photography. Once in New York, he worked as a studio assistant for a fashion photographer. In 1974 he opened his own photography studio, which he continues to operate. In the late 1970's he focused on ancient stone monuments as subjects for his photography. Later he would embrace other subjects such as nudes and still life.
After seeing platinum print by Paul Strand in 1983, Izu was driven to learn this process. He has since become known as one of the finest platinum printers in the USA. However, he was not completely satisfied with this alone, he wanted to go larger with this prints. With the assistance of an NEA grant, he constructed the largest format camera that he could handle alone (14x20"), which allowed him to have both the detail of a large contact print and the look of the platinum/palladium printing technique.
Later, in 1995 after a trip to Cambodia, Izu founded "Friends Without a Border", which is a non-profit organization to which he donates the profits that he receives from his Cambodian platinum prints.