Rinko Kawauchi – Murmuration
Rinko Kawauchi is the third and final photographer that was commissioned to produce work for the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial (Alec Soth’s and Stephen Gill’s books can be seen here). Whilst well respected in her home country of Japan for many years, it is only in the last 5-10 years that Kawauchi’s work has been appreciated worldwide and garnered the international acclaim it deserves. Her work is uniquely serene, she is able to capture the beauty and calm of even the most mundane environment. For her BPB commission, Kawauchi was drawn to the thousands of Starlings that would flock around Brighton pier at dusk; the title Murmuration is the collective noun for a flock of Starlings. Kawauchi captured the fleeting ever changing formations the Starlings created against the winter sky and continued this theme by following groups of people around the streets of Brighton. The resulting book, produced in an edition of 1000, brings together these images and beautifully captures the transition from the end of summer in to autumn and winter. The book is still available from Photoworks, although signed copies have sold out.