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Utatane

Kawauchi, Rinko

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ISBN 10: 4898150527 / ISBN 13: 9784898150528
Published by Little More Co., Ltd, Tokyo, 2001
Condition: g+ to vg Hardcover
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Quarto. Unpaginated. [132]pp. Original bellyband over photo-illustrated dust-jacket and blind wrappers. Illustrated with 129 color photographs, "Utatane" is Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi's first book which led to her national and international breakthrough, and for which she received the prestigious Kimura Ihei Award.* The book was included in "The Photobook: A History. Vol. 2" by Parr and Badger, in which Gerry Badger wrote the following comment: "Just when it seems that everything has been photographed, in every possible way, along comes a photographer, whose work is so original that the medium is renewed. Such a photographer is Rinko Kawauchi, who makes simple, lyrical pictures, so fresh and unusual that they are difficult to describe or classify. Her images documentary everyday things, yet could not be described as documentary. They are generally light in tone, yet somehow dark in mood. They are almost hallucinatory, yet seem to capture something fundamental about the psychological mood of modern life. To be sure, Utatane, the title of her book, means 'siesta', which brings in the notion of a dreamlike state, and each image in the book could plausibly be considered as a still from a movie about a dream. The presence of a number of animals - insects, seagulls, koi carp, rabbits - might suggest some kind of Freudian interpretation. If Kawauchi in conjuring up a dreamlike state, she is also creating a powerful metaphor for life in the contemporary metropolis, which, at least economically, is comfortable for most people, on the surface. The dream evoked in "Utatane" is not nightmarish. Nothing much untoward happens, yet there is enough off-kilter to awaken us from our nap feeling vaguely confused, depressed and anxious." Very minor and sporadic soiling to bellyband and dust-jacket. Minor staining at lower fore-edge. Title in Japanese, colophon in Japanese and English. Bellyband and dust-jacket in overall good+ to very good, wrappers and interior in very good condition. * The Kimura Ihei Award is a Japanese photographic award that attracts the attention of the mass media and book-buyers. The award has been given every year since 1975 (except 1983) by the Asahi Shimbun Company, publisher of Asahi Shimbun and the magazine Asahi Camera, in honor of the photographer Ihei Kimura. It is given to one or more new photographers whose work has been exhibited or published during the previous year and is announced in Asahi Camera: its original name, soon shortened, was Asahi Kamera Kimura Ihei Shashin-sh . The award is usually given to a single photographer. In 2000, the unprecedented awarding of three prizes, each to a female photographer, caused a stir. Its major rival for attention in the mass media is the Domon Ken Award, given annually to a single photographer, usually one with a longer career than those who win the Kimura Award. Bookseller Inventory # 38965

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Title: Utatane

Publisher: Little More Co., Ltd, Tokyo

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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Carps, clouds, a curtain, a tire, fried eggs, a grandfather, a butterfly. These are the  details of the everyday life that are too easily missed. Seen through the lens of Kawauchis camera however, the ordinary shines with patterns of light; even an ant transforms into a statement of style. This thoughtful debut photo book won awards for its graceful contemplation of mortality (no text in book).

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