Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi recognized in Sony World Photo Awards

Rinko Kawauchi
Untitled (Image credit: Rinko Kawauchi)

Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi has been awarded the Sony World Photography Awards 2023 Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. The Tokyo-based photographer is internationally renowned for her ephemeral depictions of everyday life and her intimate reflections on natural occurrences. 

Kawauchi first picked up a camera at the age of 19 but she didn’t get a job in photography until she started at an advertising agency in the 1990s. By 2001, Kawauchi had started to gain some recognition for her work; she moved to Tokyo and published her first three photo books, Utatane (2001)

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.