AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HARUHIKO KAWAGUCHI
Art Market|Issue #56 February 2021
I want to capture love as it really is and the bathtub is an ideal vehicle to encapsulate the vivid reality in my images.
CATALIN CROITORU

A grand theme in mankind is Love, and I, Photographer Hal, am challenging the majestic theme!

Those in power are continually guilty of segregation and discrimination, can we realize peace under such conditions? You who are standing on the earth, no matter where you are, love the person in front of you. From two people to a group, a town to a community, a city to a country, from border to border, the ring of love shall prevail. I have started to create my ring of love in the city of Tokyo, believing that someday a world peace without segregation and discrimination will come true.

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH HARUHIKO KAWAGUCHI

BY CATALIN CROITORU

Haruhiko Kawaguchi, Born, educated, and currently residing in Tokyo.

Living through my university days I was starving for encounters with different people from other cultures around the world. As soon as I had the opportunity I left japan and began my travels with a special focus on the Middle East and India. It was here that I first became aware of my passion for photography. The camera became the key to overcoming shyness and limited local language abilities and I could in some way communicate with the people I met.

After graduating from university I joined an advertising production company in Tokyo and this enabled me to acquire a much wider set of photographic skills. The assignments were varied and unique including celebrities and established fashion icons. It was the crucible of my technical ability and the focus in my work soon became the people.

At some point in his career as a photographer, kawaguchi began wrapping people up in plastic sheets.

He would then vacuum them for no more than 10 seconds - for safety measures, of course - until their photo could be taken. Later on, he'd pot to wrap even larger objects, such as scooters, cars, and even houses. Most of the time, such places were chosen as the open spaces where the lovers, or the families, used to go more often.

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