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Kawauchi, Rinko (Photographer) & Chandler, David (Contributor). RINKO KAWAUCHI: ILLUMINANCE. New York City, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 352 pages. As New.

Collection of photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. Advance Signed Copy of The First Aperture Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Rinko Kawauchi: Oversize-volume format. Blue cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted in front and titles embossed with glitter on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Rinko Kawauchi. Text by David Chandler. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Rinko Kawauchi's "Illuminance", a photographic meditation on the magic of radiance that is emitted by natural light. Kawauchi began her career in 2001 with the proverbial Big Splash: She published not one but three photography books at the same time: "Utatane", "Hanabi", and "Hanako". Her serenely beautiful, contemplative images immediately established her as a leading artist/photographer. Now, ten years later, she's back with her first book to be published in English and the United States. "Her photography is lauded for its nuanced palette and compositional mastery as well as its ability to incite wonder via careful attention to tiny gestures and the incidental details of her everyday environment. Continues her exploration of the extraordinary in the mundane, drawn to the fundamental cycles of life and the seemingly inadvertent organization of the natural world into formal patterns" (Publisher's blurb). "Just when it seems that everything has been photographed in every possible way, along comes a photographer whose work is so original that the medium is renewed. Such a photographer is Rinko Kawauchi" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger on "Utatane"). "The year's most beautiful photobook" (Vince Aletti). An absolute "must-have" title for Rinko Kawauchi collectors. This Advance Signed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed (in Japanese characters) and dated (two months before official publication) in black pen-marker on the title page by the artist/photographer: "Rinko Kawauchi May 18". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of her exhibition in New York City (for which advance copies of the book were made available and during which her signature was obtained), also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker by the artist/photographer. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First Aperture Edition/First Printing with signed Souvenir Material available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Copies of her other books available online, most of them not signed, command between $750 and $2500 depending on condition and edition. A rare signed copy thus. 130 color plates. Rinko Kawauchi's "Utatane" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RINKO KAWAUCHI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1597111449. $250.00

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