Saturday, February 20, 2010


PHOTOGRAPHER: Rinko Kawauchi

In her still and subdued works, Rinko Kawauchi (1972), one of the most celebrated Japanese photographers of her generation – tries to capture the brief and transient beauty of the everyday things we often overlook. Playing on such themes as the family and our interaction with the cycle of nature and life, this artist looks for wonder in details. It is astonishing that her sensitive yet forceful way of observing the world around her and of catching fleeting moments in a photo actually results in an exquisite fragility – which is also evident in her meticulously constructed compositions.

Kawauchi uses the micro-momentary as a compass and this, like surfing on a wave, has unpredictable results and as an experience is holistic. In these invariably subjectively-charged images, it is not the explicit that gains in importance, as is usual in photography, but the implicit. Kawauchi's pictures are permeated with the Greek kairos, a unit of psychological time or subjective parenthesis that is independent of linear, chronological time and creates depth in the moment.

Rinko Kawauchi’s themes of human interaction with nature and the cycle? of life are photographed in pastel colours. Her work reveals exquisite delicacy, achieved through poetic composition, a good eye for texture and the cultivation? of a beautifully clear, clean, often whitish light giving one the sense of a dreamy and nostalgic memory.

Rinko kawauchi was born in 1972 in Shiga, Japan. She discovered photography whilst studying at seian junior college of art and design. Kawauchi gained international acclaim in 2001 with the simultaneous release of three photography books with little more publishing : utatane (catnap), hanabi (fireworks) and hanako, for which she was awarded with the 27th ihei kimura photography award.?in a matter of a few years she published another three significant books : aila (2004) with little more publishing; cui cui (2005) and the eyes the ears (2005)?with foil publishing, at times she presented her work alongside her own haiku poetry.

Her thoughtful debut photo-book won awards for its graceful contemplation of mortality.


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