Rinko Kawauchi is a Japanese female contemporary photographer. Kawauchi's photos are of ordinary objects that every person comes across in daily life. These things are usually deemed 'trivial' or 'banal' but when photographed by Kawauchi, they become beautiful works of art that deserve to be recognized. When something is ordinary, it loses importance and it is not acknowledged after a while, Kawauchi's photograps reverse this cycle of ignorance and gives individuality to a normally unexciting subject. This attention to detail in small things is what makes Rinko Kawauchi one of the most celebrated artists in Japan of this decade. Her work is often presented with Haikus that she writes to join her art.
Her attention to detail extends past the subject and reaches the color of her photographs. Depending on what the subject is, she will try to capture this object with the right color tone. When she is unsatisfied with the natural light she will bring the photograph to photoshop until it meets her standards. Kawauchi has been reported to say: "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."
The Girl Project explores the lives of American teenage girls by putting them behind the camera to document themselves. Using disposable cameras, girls 13-18 photograph their lives as only they know and understand it.
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There are two ways to share your photos. First, you have to become a participant in The Girl Project. E-mail me and I’ll send you a disposable camera. Once you return it to me, all the photos on the camera will be considered for a blog posting (and The Girl Project website and future book). Second, (only after returning your TGP camera) you can submit new work that you would like to share. E-mail me a low resolution version of your photo (72dpi, 5x7in) and it will be considered for the blog. If it is selected I’ll post it and write about it… and ask you to write about too.
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