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Announcing 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner: Sarah Palmer

Aperture is delighted to honor 2011 Portfolio Prize winner—Sarah Palmer—as well as four runners up: Thibault Brunet, Lisa Lindvay, Andrew McConnell, and Louie Palu. The work of these exceptional photographers has been chosen from nearly one thousand portfolio entries from around the world.

The 2011 Portfolio Prize site is now live, featuring five full slideshow galleries featuring the work of this year’s finalists, biographical notes, and elucidatory statements written by members of the judging panel—including Publisher, Lesley A. Martin, and Editor, Denise Wolff—casting an editorial eye on the work of each 2011 finalist.

We are also pleased to offer new limited-edition prints by winner Sarah Palmer, and finalist Andrew McConnell in our online shop.

Featured at top: The Bomb (Also) is a Flower by Sarah Palmer, $600, available here.


Rinko Kawauchi and Lesley A. Martin on Illuminance

In this clip, Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi speaks about the work from her Aperture monograph, Illuminance, with Aperture publisher and editor of the book, Lesley A. Martin. Kawauchi explains how she is interested in revealing the universal cycles of life through the ordinary existence of her family. She also touches on the sequencing and the palette of her images, how they express her own half-awake, half-asleep reality. Finally, they discuss the collaboration process in making this hybrid book combining both Japanese and Western influences.

This excerpt is edited from a conversation between Rinko Kawauchi and Lesley A. Martin which took place at Aperture Gallery on May 18, 2011, on the occasion of the release of Kawauchi’s monograph, Illuminance.

Rinko Kawauchi’s work has frequently been lauded for its nuanced palette and offhand compositional mastery, as well as her wonder-inspiring, deliberate attention to tiny gestures and the incidental details of her everyday environment. In Illuminance, Kawauchi 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.

Click here to purchase the book Illuminance

Click here to view and purchase Kawauchi’s limited-edition print


You’re invited: 31 Contemporary Photographers show in San Francisco


Discover the work of 31 contemporary photographers from 12 countries in a remarkable group show — this week only — at Gallery 291 in San Francisco.

These are the 6 top winners from Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2010 plus 25 winners of honorable mention awards. Please join us in a celebration of this great work in an exquisite gallery space overlooking Union Square. The show is up now, and the opening party is Thursday April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Special thanks to PictopiaLabs.com (exhibition prints), Blurb.com (exhibition catalogs), Lesley Gasparetti (book design), Ghost Pines (wine), and Gallery 291 (incredible gallery space and friendly people).

Gallery 291
291 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After this premiere exhibition, this group show will travel to galleries in New York and Paris.