Yumiko Izu studied at the Visual Arts School in her hometown of Osaka, Japan. After moving to the United States, she received a B.A. degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. In 1998 she relocated to New York City and started working on various assignments in advertising and editorial photography. She began her professional fine art photography career in 2003—using an 8 x 10 camera and the platinum/palladium printing process—and began producing large-scale pigment prints in 2008.

Yumiko is a recipient of the 2007 Photographers' Fellowship from the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. Many pieces from the Secret Garden series have been collected and displayed by Ralph Lauren.

Yumiko has been working on the new still life series of animal skulls, using an 11 x 14 camera since 2011. This work called Faraway is to search the interaction between life and death, of which has been long perished. She had the show of Faraway in Tokyo, Japan in fall 2013. Yumiko currently lives and works in New York.

Interview: In the Studio with Yumiko Izu