Ten years after publishing Illuminance in 2011, Aperture is delighted to bring this beloved book back into print, retaining Rinko Kawauchi’s original sequence and signature melding of keenly observed gestures, quotidian detail, and a finely honed palette.
On the book’s original release, Alec Soth declared Illuminance “an exquisitely produced monograph [that] should make Rinko a household name.” An expanded edition with additional texts by curator David Chandler; philosopher Masatake Shinohara; and Aperture’s creative director, Lesley A. Martin, this reissue contributes new context to and perspective on Kawauchi’s influential work. Extraordinarily poetic, brimming with imagination and sensibility, and following international acclaim, this exquisite ten-year anniversary edition will entice lovers of photography once again.
Rinko Kawauchi (born in Shiga, Japan, 1972) studied graphic design and photography at Seian University of Art and Design, Otsu, Japan. She has published over twenty-five books of her work, including Hanako, Utatane, and Hanabi, a trio of “first books” published simultaneously in 2001. Her work is collected and exhibited widely, and she won a Kimura Ihei Photography Award (2002) and International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Art (2009); and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2012). Kawauchi lives and works in Tokyo.
Anniversary edition (Dec 7 2021)
20.96 x 3.05 x 28 cm