Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rinko Kawauchi (by Elyssa Marcus)

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."

© Rinko Kawauchi
© Rinko Kawauchi
© Rinko Kawauchi
© Rinko Kawauchi
© Rinko Kawauchi


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