Rie – Monograph by Lena C. Emery, Published by Kominek, 2016, £42
Published in a limited edition of 750 copies, signed and numbered. 21 x 29 cm. 78 pages. 37 color plates. ISBN 978-3-9815105-9-1. Offset printed linen-bound hardcover. Tip in image on front cover with debossed typography in brown foil on spine and back cover. Contains a short story of over 400 words by the artist.
RIE was published in November of 2016 and first presented at Paris Photo and Offprint in Paris and subsequently at Claire de Rouen in London. The book was selected as one of the most engaging & exciting projects in photography in 2016 by the British Journal of Photography. Stockists include The Photographers Gallery in London, Librairie Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Dashwood in New York and Daikanyama T-site in Tokyo.
"Lena C. Emery’s photographs are characterised by their elegance, sensuality and intimation of narrative. They are not realist, because her subjects can be seen to be performing – with subtlety or pronouncement – and yet they are not constructed. Instead they acknowledge that taking photographs and being photographed are true acts – taking a photograph alters reality. In Emery’s work, the effect of the photograph is to engender a moment of intimacy in which the self shifts from private to public." – Lucy Kumara Moore
“RIE, titled after the woman on the cover and whose name means both ‘truth’ and ‘picture’, comes as the culminating result of the ongoing intimate exchange I have sought out with women in my photographs. Undertaken in Tokyo, I wanted to embark on an inherently female dialogue on the subject of revealing, by addressing the idea of exposing ourselves, our bodies as women without allowing an inner or outer surveyor to be present. Linking text with images often helps me give another dimension to my photographs. By taking the conversation out of a contemporary context and writing in the voice of a naive young girl - ruminating on the joys of days spent uninhibitedly whilst living in rural Japan during a bygone era - I was hoping to re-instill a sense of innocence in the way that we view our bodies. I wanted to bring about the notion that our bodies are bound to the natural world.