On the one-month anniversary of Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Aperture and artist Rinko Kawauchi are collaborating to support relief efforts with a special, commemorative limited-edition photograph. Shot the day after the earthquake in Tokyo, Kawauchi has captured the sun straining through a soot-filled sky. The resulting image is hauntingly beautiful, poignant illustration of the immediate aftermath, made by one of this generation’s most noted Japanese photographers. Through her kind generosity and yours, we can help contribute to ongoing relief efforts.
Net profits from the sale of this print will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.
Read more on Time.com’s Lighbox Blog: Rinko Kawauchi’s Illuminance.
Rinko’s new book Illuminance will be released this May, the latest volume of Kawauchi’s work and the first to be published outside of Japan. Gorgeously produced as a clothbound volume with Japanese binding, this impressive compilation of mostly previously unpublished images is proof of Kawauchi’s unparalleled, unique sensibility and her ongoing appeal to the lovers of photography.
Artist Talk and Book Signing at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore on Wednesday, May 18th!
An exhibition of the work will be on view, May 20–July 16, 2011 at The Gallery at Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue.
Rinko Kawauchi (born in Shiga, Japan, 1972) studied graphic design and photography at Seian Junior College of Art and Design. Among her awards and accolades are the 1997 Grand Prix Prize at the Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Exhibition, the 27th Ihei Kimura Photography Award in 2002, and the 2009 International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Fondation Cartier, Paris; Photographers’ Gallery, London; Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan; Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden; and Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, among other international venues. Kawauchi lives and works in Tokyo.