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Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance Hardcover – July 31, 2011
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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.--Vince Aletti"Photograph Magazine" (09/01/2011)
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.--Sean O'Hagan"The Guardian" (12/13/2011)
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.--Stephen Maine"Art in America" (12/28/2011)
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A wonderful book from contemporary Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi. In the “Illuminance“ she creates an imaginary space where the fantastical is possible— evoking ideas of... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Susan_MA