KAWAUCHI, RINKO

TITLE

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance

IMPRINT

Aperture

PRICE US

$60.00 CDN $60.00

ISBN

9781597111447 TRADE

FORMAT

Clth, 8.5 x 11 in., 352 pgs, 130 color.

CATALOG

SPRING 2011 p. 85   

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D.A.P.

PUB DATE

7/31/2011

STATUS

Active

STOCK

In stock

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York, The Gallery at Hermès, 05/20/11

"Even within the highly charged mode of Kawauchi's work, the photographs in Illuminance combine to create an intense visual experience, one of frequent crescendos, in which we sense that light has come to represent a particular kind of energy for Kawauchi, both in a personal sense, like an inspirational pulse in her life and work, and on a wider scale, as a universal force of connection and interdependence. For if light is bound up with visibility, if light gives material things their form and color, light in Kawauchi's work also acts to atomize them. In many of the photographs in Illuminance, light obscures as much as it reveals; it reflects; penetrates; dematerializes; and renders things invisible. And, in some images, light is all that is left."

David Chandler, excerpted from the essay "Weightless Light."

"Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance (Aperture) could be the year’s most beautiful photo book. Her 12th since 2001, when she published three books simultaneously, it’s culled from 15 years of work and loosely tied to the theme of light. Typically, her subjects are both ordinary and extraordinary: a burning cigarette, a suckling baby, a dead bird, a drop of water on a lily pad, a lunar eclipse. In a sequence of radiant color images that feels at once deliberate and random, she strikes an ideal balance between weight and weightlessness, the concrete and the ephemeral. David Chandler, the book’s elegant essayist, identifies Kawauchi’s “highly personal, insatiably hungry form of photography, both euphoric and startled,” as part of “a new kind of visual communication, a new language...that is diaristic, uninhibited, interpersonal, and emotionally charged.” But he also places her squarely within the Japanese photo-book tradition that gives publications priority over exhibitions. With Illuminance, Kawauchi clarifies what Chandler calls her “spirit of accelerated wonder,” summing up her considerable achievement while leaving it marvelously expansive and open-ended."

Vince Aletti, Photograph Magazine, September/October, 2011

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APERTURE

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance

Text by David Chandler.

In 2001, Rinko Kawauchi launched her career with the simultaneous publication of three astonishing photobooks--Utatane, Hanabi and Hanako--firmly establishing herself as one of the most innovative newcomers to contemporary photography, not just in Japan, but across the globe. In the years that followed, she published other notable monographs, including Aila (2004), The Eyes, the Ear (2005) and Semear (2007). And now, ten years after her precipitous entry onto the international stage, Aperture has published Illuminance, the latest volume of Kawauchi's work and the first to be published outside of Japan. Kawauchi's photography has frequently been lauded for its nuanced palette and offhand compositional mastery, as well as its ability to incite wonder via careful attention to tiny gestures and the incidental details of her everyday environment. As Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2006, noted, "there is always some glimmer of hope and humanity, some sense of wonder at work in the rendering of the intimate and fragile." In Illuminance, Kawauchi continues her exploration of the extraordinary in the mundane, drawn to the fundamental cycles of life and the seemingly inadvertent, fractal-like organization of the natural world into formal patterns. Gorgeously produced as a clothbound volume with Japanese binding, this impressive compilation of previously unpublished images--which garnered Kawauchi a nomination for the Deutsche Börse Prize--is proof of her unique sensibility and ongoing appeal to lovers of photography.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Photograph Magazine

Vince Aletti

Rinko Kawauchi's Illuminance (Aperture) could be the year's most beautiful photo book… With Illuminance, Kawauchi clarifies what Chandler calls her "spirit of accelerated wonder," summing up her considerable achievement while leaving it marvelously expansive and open-ended.

The Guardian

Sean O'Hagan

Ten years on from her extraordinary first book, Aila, Kawauchi continues her journey into the heightened everyday. That same mix of intimacy and deceptively casual observation holds sway and the end results remain singularly beautiful.

Art in America

Stephen Maine

The work of this Japanese photographer always looks better in book form, where, printed one per page and carefully sequenced, her images—delicate, intimate, reticent but never cryptic—an be absorbed slowly, and her tougher, more jolting photos can better deliver their punch. Illuminance gathers work from the last 15 years: a gangly spider; a hole in a rock, filled with water; a doll-like blossom, washed out by flash; a dead, bloodied deer by the side of the road. The book is cinematic in its steady buildup of images that create a mood, and then break it. This kind of thing is hard to sustain, but just when Kawauchi's approach to the poetic snapshot starts to look familiar, it takes a turn for the weird.

ArtAsiaPacific

Olivier Krischer

Sensitively designed, Illuminance packs 144 photographs into its 163 French-fold pages. Yet by foregoing individual titles, captions, and page numbers one is left to really look at the images - their uncanny juxtapositions and accumulated connections. The cropped details, emotive over-exposures, and blurred movements actually perform a complex choreography, both in the camera and at the editing stage. For better or worse Japanese photobooks often go without essays to "contextualize" the work, yet here an appended essay by David Chandler notably cites what Kawauchi has referred to as the "constant present" to describe the elliptical sense of time permeating her enigmatic oeuvre.

Little Brown Mushroom

Alec Soth

An exquisitely produced monograph with wide international distribution. This book should make Rinko a household name.

The New York Magazine

Kawauchi is a master at grasping dreamlike moments, both profound and banal, with incredible detail: swirling surf, a translucent small frog perched on the edge of a hand, a child intensely focusing on a tiny speck on the sidewalk. As David Chandler writes in an essay that accompanies Kawauchi’s pictures, which were taken over the last 15 years, “Recorded are the rhythms of this life, rather than its set pieces: a breath, a touch, and a glance, the things that happen inside the moment and that can never be clearly seen.”

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/5/2014

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance"If anything grounds the heady shifts of subject and the disorienting momentum of association in Rinko Kawauchi's work, it is the sense of an implicit interconnection between the most banal and most profound things in life, played out across micro- and macrocosmic scales. And the more we become attuned to the deeper cadences of her work, the more light informs and elaborates these connections as they unfold again into something beyond the visible." Featured image, and text excerpt from David Chandler's essay, are reproduced from Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance (Aperture), one of the most beautifully produced photography books on our list. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/3/2014

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance"There is something primal for us in the act of opening a book for the first time. That moment of expectation, that prospect of discovery, however dulled or wearied from experience, however professionally suppressed, is still there each time we take a new book in our hands. Like the turning of a stone, the lifting of a lid, the unwrapping of a gift, the opening of a new book is still imbued with promise, with a trace of possibility, and at our most innocent and instinctive, we are prepared to be excited and enthralled, to be changed in some way by what we are about to see and read." Featured image, and text excerpt from David Chandler's essay, are reproduced from Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance (Aperture), one of the most beautifully produced photography books on our list. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/1/2013

Illuminance: Hope, Humanity and Wonder for the New Year

Illuminance: Hope, Humanity and Wonder for the New YearWhen Rinko Kawauchi's Illuminance was published by Aperture in 2011 (the first volume of Kawauchi's work to be published outside of Japan), the first printing sold out immediately, garnering rave reviews from photo insiders like Vince Aletti, who wrote, "Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance could be the year’s most beautiful photo book. Her 12th since 2001, when she published three books simultaneously, it’s culled from 15 years of work and loosely tied to the theme of light. Typically, her subjects are both ordinary and extraordinary: a burning cigarette, a suckling baby, a dead bird, a drop of water on a lily pad, a lunar eclipse. In a sequence of radiant color images that feels at once deliberate and random, she strikes an ideal balance between weight and weightlessness, the concrete and the ephemeral." Now available again in a second printing, it is ideal material for pondering the impossible beauty of our short time on earth, as we enter into a fresh new year. continue to blog


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"If anything grounds the heady shifts of subject and the disorienting momentum of association in Kawauchi's work, it is this sense of an implicit interconnection between the most banal and most profound things in life, played out across micro- and macrocosmic scales. And the more we become attuned to the deeper cadences of her work, the more light informs and elaborates these connections as they unfold again into something beyond the visible."

David Chandler, Professor of Photography, University of Plymouth, UK.

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