Field Sketch 3: Reflection and Transmission

Tadashi Kawamata Artist 
Edition Nord Publisher 
January 2010 Publication date 
Offset Printing 
BW + Color
Box of 64 colour photographs
b/w poster
Each box comes with a different cover photo (not necessarily the one pictured)
Edition of 1000
15 cm × 19.8 cm
¥4200 (~$0)

'Field Sketch 3: Reflection and Transmission' is the third theme in a triple box set which attempts to give form to 700 snapshots taken by Tadashi Kawamata during his school days in the 1970s. Skirting between 'found photography' and 'artistic photography', the series gives a glimpse into his formative ideas and paths not taken.

Reproduced true to size, complete with discolorations due to age, the photo cards replicate the small format used by Kawamata during that time to keep track of his work. The photos are a real joy to leaf through, Edition Nord have done well to convey a sense of freedom in 'finding' something rather than being directed to it.

'Reflection and Transmission' is built around the "motif of light or a boundary" with the bulk of the photographs depicting windows shot from within rooms or tunnels, and silhouettes. It might be my sample box, but there are couple of photographs in here I feel could have slotted more appropriately into one of the other boxes, luckily the lacking of binding means you can fix this!