Rinko Kawauchi, 1972, Japan, is a fine art photographer based in Tokyo. She studied at the Seian University of Art and Design and graduated in 1993. She started as a photographer on a freelance basis from 1997. In 2001 she launched herself into the photographic world with the simultaneous release of 3 books, UTATANE, HANABI and HANAKO. Since then she has released a large number of monographs of which the latest addition is Illuminance. Kawauchi Rinko is a Japanese artist who specializes in capturing the beauty of everyday events and objects. Kawauchi’s photos run strong with themes of nature, birth, and human interactions with the world around them. Always in muted pastels her photos are calm, clean, and heavy on the negative space. Her images seem simple, but they evoke primal emotions within the viewer. By paying attention to tiny gestures and incidental details within her environment she finds the extraordinary within the mundane. The editing within her books is crucial to her work and the stories she wishes to tell. The photographs show a large range of emotions and fundamentally adresses life itself, from the good all the way to the bad. Her work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows around the world and is in several public collections as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Phtography and Huis Marseille in Amsterdam.
Kawauchi says “for a photographer, it’s a necessity that you can shoot stuff magically. accidents are necessary, but after I take a photograph, it is not all done. I continue to work on it.“ How Kawauchi shows her work is as important as the actual image itself. She shows her photos in traditional settings, in slide shows, and with her own poetry presented alongside her images.
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