Kiyoshi Suzuki was born in 1943 in Yoshima Village (currently Iwaki City), Fukushima Prefecture, former site of the Joban coal mine. After graduating from a part-time high school, he moved to Tokyo to become a cartoonist, but was so moved by Ken Domon's Children in Chikuho (1960) that he decided to become a photographer. In 1970 he debuted with the series "Coal Mining Town" which included images of the coal mine in his hometown and was published in Camera Mainichi. In 1972, he self-published his first book of photographs Soul and Soul a1thereafter. He published The Light that has Lighted the World in 1976, Mind Games 1982, S Street Shuffle (recipient of the first Society of Photography Award) in 1988, Finish Dying (recipient of the 1995 Ken Domon Award) in 1994, and Durasia in 1998.
Nearly all of the publications were self-published and designed. In all cases, Suzuki took a line from a book he loved and expanded the worldview he saw in the book. The resulting unique and unfettered works show the lifework of a photographer who dedicated his life to books.
Published to coincide with the exhibition ‘Nagare No Uta, Yume No Hashiri’ at Taka Ishii Gallery (September 27 - October 26, 2013), Soul and Soul, S Street Shuffle gathers 13 works and 5 outtakes from his maiden work ‘Nagare No Uta’, and 11 works and 3 outtakes from ‘Yume No Hashiri’ (Awarded the first Shashin No Kai Award in 1988).