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Chizu (The Map).

Photographs by Kikuji Kawada. Text by Kenzaburo Oe and Kikuji Kawada.
Akio Nagasawa Publishing, Tokyo, Japan, 2014. In Japanese & English. 190 pp., full-bleed, black-and-white illustrations, 6x8¾".

 
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Publisher's Description

Out of Print.

Limited Edition of 600 signed and numbered copies (ours is #457/600), signed in kanji, with red chop mark and handwritten number on a tipped-in sheet on the rear end paper.

Hardbound with illustrated dust jacket printed with a list of plates on the inside, gatefold pages, illustrated folding cardstock envelope, printed cardboard slipcase and black cardstock sleeve. Includes an accordion-fold insert with a poem by Kenzaburo Oe and an introduction by Kikuji Kawada. 

As New condition.

Shortlisted for the 2015 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

The original 1965 edition of Chizu is a legendary photography book that is virtually impossible to catch sight of today. It was published originally by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha on August 6, 1965, twenty years after the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.

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.

 


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