Rinko Kawauchi


From Illuminance, 2011

Just when it seems that everything has been photographed, in every possible way, along comes a photographer, whose work is so original that the medium is renewed. Such a photographer is Rinko Kawauchi, who makes simple, lyrical pictures, so fresh and unusual that they are difficult to describe or classify.  –  Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History – Volume 2


From Utatane, 2001


From the eyes, the ears, 2005

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From Utatane, 2001


From Semear, 20o7


From Illuminance, 2011


From Aila, 2004


From Aila, 2004


From Murmaration, 2010


From Murmaration, 2010

Artist Bio

Rinko Kiwauchi, (born in Shiga, Japan, 1972) studied graphic design and photography at Seian Junior College of Art and Design. Among her awards and accolades are the 1997 Grand Prix Prize at the Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Exhibition, the 27th Ihei Kimura Photography Award in 2002, and the 2009 International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Fondation Cartier, Paris; Photographers’ Gallery, London; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan; Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden; and Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, among other international venues. Kawauchi lives and works in Tokyo. (Aperture)

In the video below, Rinko Kawauchi is in conversation with Magnum Photographer Martin Parr about Murmuration, her Photoworks commission for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010. The video was produced by Junk TV, Brighton


Rinko Kawauchi at FOIL  Gallery

Rinko Kawauchi at Rose Gallery

2 responses to “Rinko Kawauchi”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the flatness of light in these contribute to her style, if that makes sense

  2. CCaruana says:

    Makes sense, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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