"I WAS BORN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SHOWA ERA. THERE WAS A GREAT WAR DURING MY BOYHOOD AND THEN I LIVED DURING THE PERIOD OF RE-CONSTRUCTION AND GROWTH AND NOW I SLOWLY APPROACH THE EVENING OF LIFE. THROUGH THESE PHOTOGRAPHS THE COSMOLOGY IS AN ILLUSION OF THE FIRMAMENT AT THE SAME TIME IT INCLUDES THE REALITY OF AN ERA AND ALSO THE COSMOLOGY OF A CHANGING HEART."
- Kikuji Kawada
Born in the Ibaraki Prefecture in 1933, Kikuji Kawada is a renowned Japanese photographer. He co-founded the VIVO collective in 1959 with Akira Sato, Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Akira Tanno and Shomei Tomatsu. He had his first solo exhibition in the same year, before exhibiting 'The Map' in 1961 at Fuji Photo Salon in Tokyo. Kawada taught photography at the Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1967. He was also, notably, one of the fifteen artists selected for the "New Japanese Photography" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1974. In 2011 Kawada received a lifetime achievement award from the Photographic Society of Japan, underscoring his international and national acclaim, a whole room of his work was included in the Tate exhibition 'Conflict, Time, Photography' in 2014.
Kawada's work is in museum collections worldwide including Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.