Time in Air, Time in PaperSachiko Morita

Sachiko Morita, an artist based in Angers, France, is profoundly honest about her own pleasures and curiosities that she finds in her daily life. To prove this, her gaze transitions from the soils of her garden to a 35mm film camera and eventually to watercolor paper.

Her approach to photography is unique. She creates her own photographic paper by applying a photosensitive emulsion with a brush to Italian Fabriano watercolor paper. She then handles a classic enlarger to expose photographs taken in natural light with a 35mm film camera onto the photographic paper. Subsequently the emulsions are meticulously cleared off with a paintbrush and hot water, as if drawing shadows.

As a result, the drawings-like intuitive outlines of her subjects, which are characteristic of her work, can be perceived as both aspect: the photographic one that captures an instant in time, and the pictorial one that is completed over time while defining lines and shadows. With an eye on these two facets, in this title "Time in Air, Time in Paper" Morita attempts to recompose 51 works from over 20 years and capture the simplicity of the flow of time that exists in her own watercolor paper. Morita's works make us strongly aware of "reality and the passing of time". In addition, by poring over her distinctive flow of time, her works may stimulate us with the pleasure of viewing not only through visually but also through our senses.

First edition of 1000 copies.

Special edition of 25 copies comes with paperboard slipcase and gelatin silver print <Raisins, 11 x 8.5cm, 2022>. Each print is unique, since it is handprinted. Signed and numbered by artist.

16.12.2022 - 22.01.2023
Book launching exhibition “Time in Air Time in Paper”
at POST in Ebisu

28.04.2023 - 11.05.2023
Special feature “Time in Air, Time in Paper” at POST in Kyoto


それゆえ、彼女の作品の特徴であるドローウィングのような直感的な被写体の輪郭には、瞬間的な時を捉える写真的側面と、線や影を定義しながら時間を経て完成させる絵画的側面とのふたつの表情が垣間見える。本作『Time in Air, Time in Paper』では、そのふたつの側面を意識し、20年以上に亘る51作品を再編、水彩画紙に存在する彼女の素朴な時の流れを捉えることを試みた。「現実と過ぎ去る時間」を彼女の作品からは強く感じるが、その独特ともいえる時の流れに記憶を巡らすことで、視覚に加え、感覚によって鑑賞することの喜びを私たちに与えるだろう。


  • 22 x 28 cm
  • 72 pages / 1 fold-out
  • 51 color plates
  • 642 grams

Clothbound hardcover with tip-in image uniquely torn off by hand on front cover. Foiled typography on spine, back cover. Letterpress typography on pages. Red headband.

ISBN 978-4-9911780-1-6

Published in 2022

First edition

¥7,700 | €53

Special edition

¥58,300 | €400