Mika Ninagawa - Photographs London Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    M. Ninagawa, Plant a Tree, Tokyo: Match and Company, 2011, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    During a three-hour period, acclaimed photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa created her lyrical series Plant a Tree, photographing cherry blossoms in full bloom along the Meguro River, a popular hanami [cherry blossom viewing] spot in Tokyo. Relying on analogue photography, she captures the petals falling, floating and drifting away on the dark surface of the river. The present work is a unique edition created by Ninagawa for REVALUE NIPPON PROJECT, a high-profile charity auction organised by former footballer Hidetoshi Nakata to support Japan’s traditional culture and craftsmanship.

    In 2001, Ninagawa shared the prestigious Kimura Ihei Photography Award with fellow female photographers Hiromix and Yurie Nagashima, causing a media sensation. Her retrospective exhibition – touring major museums in Japan from 2008 to 2010 – recorded the highest number of visitors to date for a photography exhibition in Japan.



Plant a Tree

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
145.6 x 97 cm (57 3/8 x 38 1/4 in.)
Signed, dated in ink, printed title, date and notated 'Unique' on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is number 1 from the sold-out edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£5,000 - 7,000 

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Lou Proud
Head of Photographs
+ 44 207 318 4018


London 21 May 2015 4pm