Kikuji Kawada

Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1933. He joined Shinchosha in 1955. He became a freelance photographer and co-founded the VIVO collective in 1959 together with Eikoh Hosoe, Ikko Narahara, Shomei Tomatsu, Akira Sato and Akira Tanno.

In 1965 he released The Map, a groundbreaking photobook loaded with postwar political metaphor, and he continues to challenge our intellect with similarly fresh and clairvoyant images to this day. Kawada describes his work as “an expression of a specific scene in time and my relationship to it, framed accordingly, and the style born from the exchange.” These days Kawada can be found posting images and photographic musings to his Instagram account.



Exhibitions at PGI

Endless Map, 2021
Shadow in the Shadow, 2019
Los Caprichos – Instagraphy – 2017, 2018
Last Things, 2016
2011 – phenomena, 2012
NIKKO – A Parable, 2011
World’s End 2008-2010, 2010
Remembrance of a Remote Past – A Memoir 1951-1966, 2008
Invisible City, 2006
The Map 1960 – 1965, 2004
Eureka, 2001
ZENO – The Last Cosmology, 1996
Los Caprichos 1970-1980, 1986
Nude Museum, 1984


Related Exhibition

2022.1.19 6.26

Farewell Photography: The Hitachi Collection of Postwar Japanese Photographs, 1961-1989,  Phoenix Art Museum

2021.3.23 5.16

Hallucinating Lenses, Primarily from the Museum Collection,  The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2020.6.4 7.20 Kikuji Kawada exhibition Le Rouge et le Noir,  RICOH Imaging Square TOKYO
2020.2.21 6.27

Kikuji Kawada: Los Caprichos, L. Parker Stephenson Photographs

2019.2.22 2020.2.2

The Gaze of Things, Japanese Photography in the Context of Provoke,  Bombers Gens Centre d’Art

2018.11.4 2019.3.24 Time Frames: Contemporary East Asian Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art
2018.8.31 10.11