The Map. Photographs and text by Kikuji Kawada. Nazraeli Press, Tucson, AZ in association with Getsuyosha, Tokyo, 2005. Small quarto. Edition limited to 1000 copies. Clothbound with debossed title and spine. No jacket as issued. 16-page softbound booklet with text by Kawada (in English and Japanese, translated by Kevin L. Dunn) and captions laid-in. Edition Note: Only 500 hand-numbered copies with English translation were made available to the North American and European market. SIGNED (in kanji) on recto the rear free-endpaper by Kawada. This edition has 2 copies of the booklet, one with a stamped number and one hand-numbered. Photo-illustrated paper-covered black cloth slipcase, no dust jacket as issued. 46 bouble-page gatefolds, with 85 black-and white-photographs. Rich gravure printing by Mitsumura Printing.
NOTE: Interior page spreads shown below are stock photos; item offered as new in original shrink wrap.
Originally published on August 6, 1965—the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima—The Map ("Chizu") by Kikuji Kawada is one of those milestones in photobook publishing that lands on everyone’s list of the most important photobooks ever. It has appeared in Roth’s Book of 101 Books, Parr and Badger’s The Photobook: A History, Vol. I, The Open Book and Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 1970s by Ivan Vartanian & Ryuichi Kaneko.
"No photobook has been more successful in combining graphic design with complex photographic narrative. [as its] various layers inside [are] peeled away like archeological strata, the whole process of viewing the book becomes one of uncovering and contemplating the ramifications of recent Japanese history -- especially the country's tangled relationship with the United States. Kawada's photographs are a masterly amalgam of abstraction and realism, of the specific and the ineffable, woven into a tapestry that makes the act of reading them a process of re-creation in itself. In the central metaphor of the map, in the idea of the map as a series of interlocking trace marks, Kawada has conjured a brilliant simile for the photograph itself: scientific record, memory trace, cultural repository, puzzle and guide."--Parr & Badger
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