Kikuji Kawada

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Kikuji Kawada (川田 喜久治, Kawada Kikuji, born 1933) is a Japanese photographer.[1][2] He co-founded the Vivo photographic collective in 1959 with Akira Sato, Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Akira Tanno and Shomei Tomatsu.[3] He was one of the fifteen artists selected for the “New Japanese Photography” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1974.[4] He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2011.[5]

Life and work[edit]

Kawada's book Chizu (The Map) has been praised by critics. Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, has said it is a "deeply moving and highly original investigation into a seminal moment in Japanese history."[6] In The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger describe Chizu (The Map) as being amongst four books that "constitute photography's most significant memorials to the defining event in twentieth-century Japanese history" and that it is "the ultimate photobook-as-object, combining a typical Japanese attention to the art of refined packaging with hard-hitting photography, text and typography – a true photo-text piece. No photobook has been more successful in combining graphic design with complex photographic narrative."[7] Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian, said it is "perhaps the most intricately designed and powerfully evocative Japanese photobook ever [ . . . ] By turns impressionistic and surreal, the book demands a degree of patient, silent contemplation that echoes the act of remembering."[6]


  • Chizu (地図) = The Map.
    • Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 1965. Text by Kenzaburō Ōe.
    • Tōkyō-to Chōfu-shi: Getsuyōsha, 2005. ISBN 9784901477161. Text in Japanese and English.
    • Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2005. ISBN 9781590051238. Text in Japanese and English. Edition of 500 copies.
    • Chizu (Reprint Edition). Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2014. OCLC 951442394. With texts in English by Ōe, "Map," and Kawada, "On the re-reprint of "Chizu" (1965)". Edition of 600 copies.
  • ''ラスト・コスモロジー = The Last Cosmology.
    • ラスト・コスモロジー : 川田喜久治写真集 = The Last Cosmology : Photographs. Tōkyō: 491, 1995. OCLC 213343192
    • The Last Cosmology. London: Mack, 2015. ISBN 9781910164235.
  • Cosmos of the Dream King. Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1995.
  • Kikuji Kawada. Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, 1998. ISBN 9784000083737. Text in Japanese.
  • Japan, 1951-1960. Nazraeli Press Six by Six, set 5 v. 3. Portland, OR: Nazraeli, 2014. ISBN 9781590054024. Edition of 100 copies.
  • Remote Past A Memoir 1951-1966. Tokyo: Case, 2016. With an afterword by Rei Matsuda, in Japanese and English. Edition of 1000 copies.


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Kikuji Kawada - The Last Cosmology, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 1 December 2014 – 23 January 2015.[8]
  • Kukuji Kawada: Last Cosmology, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, November 2014 - January 2015.[9]
  • Kikuji Kawada: Los Caprichos-Instagraphy-2017, P.G.I Gallery, Tokyo, 12 January - March 2, 2018.[10]
  • Kikuji Kawada: Then & Now, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, 19 February – 30 April 2016.[11]
  • Kikuji Kawada: 100 Illusions, Cannon Gallery S, Tokyo, 31 August – 11 October 2018.[12]

Exhibitions with others[edit]


  1. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (19 March 2015). "Dark night rising: the photographer who captured the mystery of the eclipse". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  2. ^ (in Japanese) Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, editor. 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers (『日本写真家事典』, Nihon shashinka jiten). Kyoto: Tankōsha, 2000. ISBN 4-473-01750-8
  3. ^ Kōtarō Iizawa, "The evolution of postwar photography" (chapter of Tucker et al., The History of Japanese Photography), pp. 217, 210.
  4. ^ a b "New Japanese Photography", Museum of Modern Art. Accessed 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Photographic Society of Japan Awards", Photographic Society of Japan. Accessed 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b O'Hagan, Sean (19 October 2014). "Top of the shots: photographers' favourite photobooks". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ Martin Parr; Gerry Badger (2004). The Photobook: A History, Volume I. London: Phaidon. p. 274,286. ISBN 978-0-7148-4285-1.
  8. ^ "Kikuji Kawada - The Last Cosmology", Michael Hoppen Gallery. Accessed 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ Kikuji Kawada: Last Cosmology", L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
  10. ^], P.G.I. Gallery, Tokyo
  11. ^ Kikuji Kawada- Then & Now, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
  12. ^ "Kikuji Kawada - 100 Illusions"
  13. ^ "Case 2: Eyes of Ten and VIVO", Art Institute of Chicago. Accessed 6 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Tate Modern. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Museum Folkwang. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Conflict, Time, Photography". Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)