As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi
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As It Is • Rinko Kawauchi

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Photography and text: Rinko Kawauchi
Softcover, 144 pages + 18 inserts with text (French/English), 113 photographs
18 x 23 cm, Printed and bound in Japan, Publication date: September 2020. Chose Commune.

A blue sky. A shimmering river. The birth of a new life. These are the first three photographs from Rinko Kawauchi’s book “As it is”. This new body of work returns to Kawauchi’s earlier photographic focus on her personal universe through family, memory and time. This book presents a succession of mundane moments and gestures ―  a spider’s web, a bowl of rice, a small hand pointing at an insect ― along with more significant ones ― her daughter’s first steps, family outings, the passing of a close relative. The personal narrative of the book is punctuated by a photograph of a kitchen window witnessing the passing of the seasons, and short texts by Kawauchi herself interspersed in the sequence. The pages navigate between the inside and the outside, always within close distance as, through her unique eye, Kawauchi effortlessly catches the fleeting beauty of the in-between moments, telling the story of an ordinary family going through life just as it is.

This book was made in close collaboration with Japanese publisher torch press.

Editorial direction by Nao Amino and Cécile Poimbœuf-Koizumi. Design by Akiko Wakabayashi.



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