Composition no.1 is a collection of mobile phone photographs taken by two well-known Asian photographers Seung Wook Back and Rinko Kawauchi. This book, which was begun as part of an art project last March, is composed of messages and photographs exchanged between the two, who reunited for the first time in almost 10 years, to record their respective daily life for about 100 days. The view of Kawauchi, who captured birth and death and cycle of nature in everyday subjects, draws a contrast against that of Back who explored the fundamental nature of photography based on his skepticism toward the status of ‘professional photographer.’ In their dialogue where the two photographers compare the other’s photographs with essay and newspaper column, readers realize how the technical limitations of mobile phone do not mean much to either of them. In fact, mobile phone camera reminds the photographers of the excitement before a trip or their youth during which they first began photography. Having experienced both analog and digital photography, the two show a wider spectrum of ideas and expressions. As the title suggests, displays the images taken by the two photographers alternately, with different photographs that were first taken independently gradually overlapping with one another towards the end. This photo collection was intended to reveal the thought process of artists, like a series of sketches, instead of focusing on finished works of the two photographers.
This edition includes a hardcover case and an English translation of Back's and Kawauchi's conversations.