Contemporary Japanese photography has not often been concerned with the natural landscape; the seemingly ever-expanding cityscape of Tokyo was more of a preoccupation up until 2011, a moment when the presumed order of things—natural, civic, and otherwise—was upended by the combined disasters of tsunami, earthquake, and human miscalculation. Kawauchi’s most recent work is not a commentary on natural disaster and unnatural aftermath. It is, however, an acknowledgment of larger forces at play.
Number of pages: 80
Number of images: 45
Publication date: 2017-08-30
Measurements: 8.5 x 13.5 x 0.6 inches
Rinko Kawauchi studied graphic design and photography at Seian Junior College of Art and Design. In 2001, she launched her career with the simultaneous publication of three critically acclaimed volumes: Utatane, Hanabi, and Hanako. Since then, she has published more than twelve volumes of her work including Illuminance (Aperture, 2011) and Ametsuchi (Aperture, 2013). She is the winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Photography Award (2002) and the International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Art (2009). She has had solo exhibitions at Fondation Cartier, Paris; Photographers’ Gallery, London; São Paulo Museum of Modern Art; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, among other venues and in 2012, she was one of four artists shortlisted for the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Kawauchi lives and works in Tokyo.