How to Make a Pearl.
One Picture Book #11
Photograph and text by Yuki Onodera.
Nazraeli Press, Tucson, 2002. 16 pp., 12 duotone illustrations and 1 original silver gelatin print, 5½x7¼".
From the Nazraeli Press One Picture Book Series.
One Picture Book # 11
How to Make a Pearl by Yuki Onodera
It is a strange but none the-less charming fact that an object as beautifully round, smooth and translucent
as a full moon exists only because a grain of sand has irritated the insides of an oyster. Yuki Onodera, a
Japanese photographer now living in France, has taken this quirky process of nature as inspiration for a
series of wonderfully atmospheric and aptly grainy black-and-white pictures. A speck of sand has
infiltrated the lens of her camera and is now transformed into a pearl that hovers tantalizingly above the
heads of people in a crowd, like a luminous being of pure light.
How to Make a Pearl is published as part of our One Picture Book Series in an edition limited to 500
numbered and signed copies. Each book comes with an original black-and-white print tipped into the
Hardcover, 5-1/2 x 7-1/4, 16 pages, 12 duotone plates, 1 original print.