Curious about those two gorgeous limited-editions featured in Aperture’s recent newsletter? Here we provide an in-depth look at two of Aperture’s most special offerings this season: Rinko Kawauchi‘s Illuminance Limited-Edition Box Set and Jordan Tate‘s New Work #42.
© Jordan Tate
New Work #42 is a print by Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist Jordan Tate. This photograph is included in Tate’s thought-provoking series, New Work, which investigates the process of image making and the role new technology plays in contemporary photography.
Tate’s work belongs to a growing group of photographers indebted to predecessors Christopher Williams and James Welling. He pushes the conversation beyond nostalgia and squarely into the present, however, by indulging in screen-based images and non-traditional output methods like lenticular screens, animated gifs, and 3-D anaglyphs. His images frequently focus on indicators of an image in the making, such as this photograph of a Polaroid that could easily be an exposure/lighting test for a studio shoot. New Work offers a compelling and quirky exploration of the work involved in new photography.
© Rinko Kawauchi
Rinko Kawauchi‘s Illuminance Limited-Edition Box Set includes a specially bound copy of the artist’s monograph Illuminance (Aperture, 2011) and two beautiful photographs of images found in the book, all presented in a clothbound case. The highly anticipated monograph is 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 Gorgeously produced as a clothbound volume with Japanese binding, this impressive compilation of mostly previously unpublished images is proof of Kawauchi’s unparalleled, unique sensibility and her ongoing appeal to the lovers of photography.
Kawauchi’s work has frequently been lauded for its nuanced palette and offhand compositional mastery, as well as its ability to incite wonder via careful attention to tiny gestures and the incidental details of her everyday environment. In Illuminance, she continues her exploration of the extraordinary in the mundane, drawn to the fundamental cycles of life and the seemingly inadvertent, fractal-like organization of the natural world into formal patterns, as evidenced by the photographs included in this very special set.