“a condensation of all that makes Suzuki's photography so appealing: profound ruminations on photography itself and continuous questioning of what it means to look”
After Suzuki's previous works were devoted to studies of Southern France's Mt. St. Victoire or the atelier of Paul Cezanne, to images of cherry blossoms and snowfall, and - of course - to the lifelong documentation of his hometown Kumano, Suzuki's latest photobook "Water Mirror" consists of 46 images that take the surface of water as their chosen subject. The book is a condensation of all that makes Suzuki's photography so appealing: his profound ruminations on the subject of photography itself and the continuous questioning of what it means to "look". With its luscious, thoughtful images, Water Mirror invites its reader on a voyage of perceptions unlike anything seen before. Concluding the book is an afterword by Japanese art critic Yuri Mitsuda (Japanese & English).
Born in 1963 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Risaku Suzuki currently lives and works in Tokyo. The artist is known for his dedicated productions that capture scenes in Kumano, Wakayama Prefecture; one of Japan’s most holy places and also Suzuki’s hometown. One of Japan’s most prominent photographers, Suzuki presents quintessential Japanese subjects - such as snowfall and cherry blossoms - in a manner that is at once timeless and refreshingly new. Suzuki has held exhibitions worldwide and has received many prizes, including the Kimura Ihei Award, the most renowned award in the field of photography in Japan.