Ametsuchi by Rinko Kawauchi. First edition (2013). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. With origami binding. No markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
So, Rinko Kawauchi is a world renowned photographer and has gained international recognition for her nuanced, lushly colored images that offer closely observed fragments of everyday life. However, in her latest work, she shifts her attention from the micro to the macro. The title, Ametsuchi, is comprised of two Japanese characters meaning “heaven and earth,” and is taken from the title of one of the oldest pangrams in Japanese — a chant in which each character of the Japanese syllabary is used.
In Ametsuchi, Kawauchi brings together images of distant constellations and also tiny figures lost within landscapes. As well as photographs of a traditional style of controlled burn farming (yakihata) in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals as well as other religious ceremonies — a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory.
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