A photobook which documents Kazuo Kitai’s journey to China in 1973 on invitation by Ihei Kimura. This publication captures a journey of which saw Kitai travel back to his place of birth in an attempt to recreate a “lost childhood experience”, searching for an image within the landscape that would contain a memory of his past.

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Kazuo Kitai, born in China in 1944, is best known for his protest photography of the 1960s and 1970s. He earned the prestigious Ihei Kimura Memorial Award for Photography for his work “Mura-e”, a year-long documentation of Japan’s rural life. In the 1980s, he concerned himself with the citizens of Osaka and Tokyo (”Shinsekai Monogatari”, “Funabashi Monogatari”). 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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