The Sun. By Noguchi Rika. Izu Photo Museum/Nohara, 2009. 80 pp., illustrated throughout, 19x25,5cm. Limited edition of 1000 copies.
"Noguchi Rika’s work, 'The Sun', consists of photographic prints combined to create a one-of-a-kind artist’s book that was first shown in 2006.
It received a great deal of attention at the 55th Carnegie International in 2008 and at her exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in 2009. This work has been reproduced in a beautifully finished, limited-edition book that adheres faithfully to the original but with the addition of 18 new works.
This series was inspired a desire to "capture the colors of the sun", a subject to which everybody can relate but whose actuality cannot be easily grasped, and in this work she approaches to the sun in a direct fashion. Produced using a pinhole camera, a primitive form of lensless device, this ambitious work attempts to capture the sun’s true form.
Always on the move, she has produced work for this series in Africa, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and at her base in Berlin.
Created during the 21st Century, when photography is undergoing a transition from film to digital, this work can be said to challenge the possibilities of medium of film."