Over the last twenty-five years, Kenro Izu has taken photographs of religious sites in use for millennia, from Asia to the Pacific Islands, from the Middle East to Europe. Izu's efforts to document these sites corresponds with a time when many of the world's sacred venues are endangered due to neglect, environmental challenges, tourism, or even deliberate destruction. For the artist, though, "The important thing is the spirituality of these monuments."
This exhibition was organized and is circulated by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. All photographs are lent by The Lane Collection, courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum.