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Kikuji Kawada
CHIZU The Map (reprint)

Photographs by Kikuji Kawada

Text by Kenzaburo Oe, Kikuji Kawada

Original design by Kohei Sugiura

Akio Nagasawa, 2014

Edition of 600 copies, signed and numbered

Hardcover with dust jacket and special made box in slipcase

190 pp., b/w illustrated throughout

150 x 225 mm

Item #0378

0.700 0378 Sold Out

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by Gerry Badger

The original 1965 edition of Chizu (The Map) is a legendary photography book that is virtually impossible to catch sight of today. While relentlessly tracking the “stains” scattered across walls and ceiling of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Kawada projects memories of the war through young soldiers’ portraits and letters, ruined fortresses, etc. At the same time, his pictures of iron scraps at factories, Lucky Strike boxes brought in by occupation forces, dumped Coca-Cola bottles, and other indicators of recovery after the war, document the process of overall transformation in postwar Japan.

This long-awaited new edition of “Chizu”, renowned as one of the most experimental Japanese photography books, is a complete reprint adopting Kohei Sugiura’s original peculiar design with all photos as double-page spreads. Includes the essays "Map" by Kenzaburo Oe, and "On the Reprint of 'Chizu'" by Kikuji Kawada. 

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