Chizu (Maquette Edition).

Photographs by Kikuji Kawada.
Mack, 2020. Unpaged, 7¾x11¾".



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Two hardback volumes with bilingual booklet, in slipcase.

In 1958, thirteen years after the devastation of Hiroshima, Kikuji Kawada was sent there to develop a feature story on photographer Ken Domon, whose controversial book Hiroshima had just been released. While walking about the ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall - already known as the A-Bomb Dome - Kawada discovered the overwhelming presence of stains that covered its interior walls. These ashen scars seemed all that remained of what was once human, seared into the craggy surfaces of a demonic kiln. Kawada returned to Hiroshima alone to photograph these stains close up, recording also feelings of grief, horror and madness. That journey marked the beginning of Kawada’s first personal project, Chizu [The Map]. Augmented over the next few years with images of defunct military strongholds, war artifacts and fragmentary scenes from contemporary life, the series was further reworked as Kawada collaborated with the noted graphic designer Kohei Sugiura to weave these disparate images into a book. Initially envisioned as a cased pair of volumes, Chizu was recast and issued in August 1965 as a single boxed volume with gatefolds—a haunting and immersive meditation on postwar Japan that has attained the status of myth.

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, MACK and The New York Public Library have collaborated to produce a facsimile of Kawada’s original two-volume maquette of Chizu, a revelation in its own right. An accompanying bilingual pamphlet, featuring new scholarship and an extended interview with the artist, details the evolution of one of the greatest photobooks ever made.


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