Kikuji Kawada (川田 喜久治 Kawada Kikuji?, born 1933) is a Japanese photographer. He co-founded the Vivo photographic collective in 1959 with Akira Sato, Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Akira Tanno and Shomei Tomatsu. He was one of the fifteen artists selected for the “New Japanese Photography” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1974. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2011.
Life and work
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." 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." 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."
- Chizu (地図) = The Map.
- ''ラスト・コスモロジー = The Last Cosmology.
- 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.
- Kikuji Kawada - The Last Cosmology, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, 1 December 2014 – 23 January 2015.
Exhibitions with others
- 1957: Jūnin no me (10人の眼, Eyes of ten), Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Tokyo, May 1957. Organised by Tatsuo Fukushima.
- 1974: New Japanese Photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 27 March – 19 May 1974. Directed by John Szarkowski and Shoji Yamagishi.
- 2014: Chizu = The Map book, and The Map 1959–1965 installation of 90 photographs, were included in Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London, 26 November 2014 – 15 March 2015; Museum Folkwang, Essen, 10 April – 5 July 2015; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 31 July – 25 October 2015.
- O'Hagan, Sean (19 March 2015). "Dark night rising: the photographer who captured the mystery of the eclipse". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- (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
- Kōtarō Iizawa, "The evolution of postwar photography" (chapter of Tucker et al., The History of Japanese Photography), pp. 217, 210.
- "New Japanese Photography", Museum of Modern Art. Accessed 5 January 2015.
- "Photographic Society of Japan Awards", Photographic Society of Japan. Accessed 5 January 2015.
- O'Hagan, Sean (19 October 2014). "Top of the shots: photographers' favourite photobooks". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- Martin Parr; Gerry Badger (2004). The Photobook: A History, Volume I. London: Phaidon. p. 274,286. ISBN 978-0-7148-4285-1.
- "Kikuji Kawada - The Last Cosmology", Michael Hoppen Gallery. Accessed 5 January 2015.
- "Case 2: Eyes of Ten and VIVO", Art Institute of Chicago. Accessed 6 January 2015.
- "Conflict, Time, Photography". Tate Modern. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Conflict, Time, Photography". Museum Folkwang. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Conflict, Time, Photography". Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Retrieved 19 October 2015.