KAWAUCHI, Rinko. Utatane [Siesta]; Hanabi [Fireworks]; Hanako. (Tokyo): (Little More), (2001).


£750.00



THREE BOOKS JOINTLY AWARDED THE 2001 IHEI KIMURA PRIZE



KAWAUCHI, Rinko.
Utatane [Siesta]; Hanabi [Fireworks]; Hanako.
(Tokyo): (Little More), (2001).

[Utatane:] Large 8vo (242 × 190 mm), pp.[132]. 129 colour photographs. Art direction by Gento Matsumoto, design by Shoko Yamana. White wrappers, spine lettered in blue. Colour photo-illustrated dust-jacket. Publisher’s printed wraparound band, white, printed in black. Two pieces of publisher’s ephemera laid in. Fine.

[Hanabi] Large 8vo (244 × 192 mm), pp.[72]. 69 colour photographs. Art direction by Gento Matsumoto, design by Shoko Yamana. White wrappers, spine lettered in pink. Colour photo-illustrated dust-jacket. Publisher’s printed wraparound band, white, text in black. Two pieces of publisher’s ephemera laid in. Fine.

[Hanako:] Large 8vo (227 x 190mm), pp.[50]. 41 colour photographs. Design by Hideki Kawauchi. Colour photo-illustrated wrappers; crease to top corner of rear wrapper. Publisher’s printed wraparound band, white, text in orange. Four pieces of publisher’s ephemera and a Japanese bookseller’s ticket laid in. Near-fine.

First editions. In 2001 Rinko Kawauchi released these three books simultaneously, the .following year she was awarded the prestigious 27th Ihei Kimura Prize. Kawauchi makes deceptively simple photographs of passing moments which are tinged with a sense of loss. Kishin Shinoyama, a judge of the Kimura prize said of her work, ‘anyone who thinks her photos are designed to have a healing effect or produce some degree of happiness, which is trendy now, is making a big mistake. Her pictures are fearful. They are cruel and erotic.’ First printings with the first issue wraparound bands such as the above copies are scarce, after winning the Ihei Kuimura Prize a new band was printed mentioning the award.


Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.II pp.316-7; Neumüller, M and González, Á. L., Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade pp.6-7. p.67.

 

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