Born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. Graduated from Seian Junior College of Art and Design in 1993.
She started her career as a photographer on freelance basis in 1997. In 2001 she simultaneously released a series of three photo books - "UTATANE" , "HANABI" and "HANAKO" from Little More, which created an overnight sensation in the photography world in Japan. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious 27th Annual Kimura Ihei Award for two of the books, "UTATABE" and "HANABI".
Further publications of Rinko Kawauchi, which should be mentioned, are "AILA" (FOIL, 2004), "the eyes, the ears," and "Cui Cui" (FOIL, 2005 /both) and her latest book "Semear" (FOIL, 2007).
Rinko Kawauchi has joined and held many group exhibitions and solo exhibitions both at home and abroad to date. Among others , major latest solo exhibitions are: Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris 2005; The Photographers' Gallery, London 2006; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan 2006; and FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen 2006; Hasselblad Centre, Goteborg, Sweden, 2007; Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, 2007 and Cohan and Leslie, New York, 2007. Major group exhibitions she joined are: Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France 2004; "Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain" Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo 2006; PHotoEspana, Madrid 2006.
2002 Winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Award
2002 The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year award
1997 Grand Prix Prize, The Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo (1.82 m x 1.82 m large space) Exhibition Collections:
Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum Of Photography, Tokyo
Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris
Huis Marseille, France
Solo exhibitions :
Cohan and Leslie, NY
"Semear" Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
"AILA + the eyes, the ears," Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
"AILA + the eyes, the ears," Hasselblad Center, Goteborg, Sweden
"AILA + the eyes, the ears," FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen
Gaerie Priska Pasque, Cologne
Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
The Photographers' Gallery, London
"AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears," Fondation Cartier, Paris
"AILA" Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui
"AILA" Cohan and Leslie, NY
"Cui Cui" QUARTER, Florence
"AILA" California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside
"Utatane" Cohan and Leslie, NY
"AILA" Little More Gallery, Tokyo
"HANABI" white cube, Kyoto
"HANABI" Little More Gallery,Tokyo
"Blue" Rocket Gallery, Tokyo
"Rinko Kawauchi" 4F gallery, Los Angels
"Wacall photo exhibition" SPIRAL GARDEN, Tokyo
"UTATANE" vonrot gallery, Berlin
"UTATANE" Colette, Paris
"Utatane" Parco Gallery, Tokyo
"Hanabi" Gray, Tokyo
"Hanako" Little More Gallery, Tokyo
"Hibi" Aki-Ex Gallery, tokyo
"Hitoiki" Light Works, Yokohama
"Curator's Choice '07: Mueseum Dialogues" Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of photography, Tokyo
YO****OMO NARA ＋ graf A to Z, Aomori
Photo Espana, Madrid
"Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain", Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"AILA & Utatane" Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
"Lonely Planet" Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Ibaraki
"Love Planet", The 41st Okayama City Arts Festival Program (with Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Jeanne Dunning, Tatsuo Miyajima and Rikrit Tiravanija et al), Okayama
"HOPE" Laforet Museum,Tokyo
"FOIL" Little More Gallery, Tokyo
"Kimura Ihei Award Winnes Exhibition" Minolta Photo Space Shinjuku, Tokyo
Lula Magazine, USA 2007
FANZINE 137, Spain, 2007
"Photo Essay" Kid's wear vol.24, Germany 2007
du733-Tokyos altes Herz.,Switzerland 2007
PHOTONET #92, Korea 2007
THEME WINTER, USA 2007
"Details of Nature" NextLevel #10, UK 2006
"STEALING BEAUTY by Drusilla Beyfus" The Dairy Telegraph Magazine, UK 2006
"...dix ans plus tard", cover photo, Movement No.33-34 - March-June,France 2005
"Aila", A MAGAZINE #2 - 2005
"Sublime Debut", cover photo, Aperture - December 1, USA 2004
"Big in Japan", cover photo, The Britishi Journal of Photography - Octber & December, UK 2004
"Touch""Artist's vision", Cartier No.10 - 2004
"PORTFOLIO", Le Monde 2 - July, France 2004
"The Genius of Photography", Quadrille, UK 2007
"Vitamin Ph" Paidon, UK 2006
"things as they are" WORLD PRESS PHOTO, the Netherlands 2005
Funny you should say that Gius, she produced two particular books called Rinko Diary and Rinko Diary II, which I guess in a way is kind of finding those 'climatic moments' in everyday life
In this book, you will find what Rinko sees and feels every day through her eyes -suprises and findings during the shootings, what happened during herstay in foreign countries, beautiful flowers blooming in every season, memorable nice meals, calm and quiet moments spent in her home town, ordinary but precious moments with her close friends.
Diaries of a half year is packed to one book. Composed of day-to-day journals kept by Rinko every day, with a photo also taken by herself by camera phone on the same day.
Spacious layout, one page for one-day diary. Portable, paperback pocket size of the books enables you to bring them with you wherever you go.
You will love these books and want to keep them always at hand. Newly-taken, unpublished photos are also included in the end of the book.
Rinko Diary II
The photographer Rinko Kawauchi's Camera Phone Diary
This is a sequel to the book "Rinko Diary," which was published in June 2006 and gained a good reputation.
"Rinko Diary" is the photographer Rinko Kawauchi's diary with photos posted on our web site. The site had 1200 access every day. This book consists of the diaries posted on the web from July 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005 (181 days in total). Newly-taken, unpublished 15 photos are included in the end of the book.
The book is consisted mainly of texts.
Texts are in Japanese only.
I must say, I am blown away at the consistency of feel and emotion with Rinko's pictures, despite content or subject matter or light conditions...there is always this feeling that is quite peaceful and assuring...her pictures are taken with such a loving eye...she searches for quietness in the moments that escape us daily. I admire that.