About Tsugaru / ShimokitaAt the end of the 1960's Kitai became disillusioned with political themes. Therefore, he turned to the everyday life of ordinary people. Kitai`s first journey was to one of the most remote parts of Japan, the Shimokita Peninsula. The resulting photographs from this journey to Shimokita in 1970 make up the first half of this book. In 1972 and 1973 Kitai then traveled again to this most northerly part of Honshu, to the neighboring area of Tsugaru. So, this makes up the other half of this book.
Artist BioKazuo Kitai was born in Manchuria in 1944. He began photographing in the mid-1960s and remains active 50 years later. He is best known for his protest photography of the 1960s and his work on rural Japan in the1970s. In the 1980s, he concerned himself with the citizens of Osaka and Tokyo (Shinsekai Monogatari, Funabashi Story). Recent years have seen him publish a regular column in Nippon Camera magazine (”Walking with Leica”) as well as a rise of public interest in his work both in Japan and overseas.
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