Somehow Familiar Places, by Kazuo Kitai


Published to accompany a major Kazuo Kitai retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography held in late 2012/early 2013, like the exhibition this book looks at the long and varied career of Kazuo Kitai. Published by Tosei-sha, who have published most of Kazuo Kitai's books over the last decade, this completely bilingual Japanese and English book affords us the chance to see how Kitai's career has progressed from the protest photos he took in the 60s to the quiet, more domestic photos he takes today.

Included here are all of Kitai's major series, and even some relatively minor ones, each one introduced by Kitai in a couple of short paragraphs.

Hardcover, 18.5cm x 22cm, 180 pages, 205 photos. In addition to Kitai's short introductions of each series, there are essays on Kitai by Rei Masuda (curator at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) and Satomi Fujimura (curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), in both Japanese and English.

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