48. Rinko Kawauchi

Japan's photo book market is booming. At the forefront of this creative blossom is the serene photography of Rinko Kawauchi. Her camera focuses on the dreamy slices of the everyday: lens flares, dew drops, ants, billowing curtains, school children—the list could go on. The content might sound underwhelming, but her approach to each photograph feels precious and full of joy. Her newest book Ametsuchi is slated to be released this month.

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Above: Illuminance, 2011