Zen Foto Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Kazuo Kitai.

Kitai made his name in the 1960s and 1970s with a series of landmark photographic works, including in 1965 “Teiko” (Resistance), in 1971 “Sanrizuka” and “Mura-e” (To the Villages), published in 1980. For this last work he received the inaugural Ihei Kimura Prize in 1975. In 1973 he was invited by Ihei Kimura to accompany a visit to China. These photographs of cultural revolution era China have waited until now for publication in book form. We are pleased to announce this exhibition of prints coinciding with the publication of “Kitai Kazuo in China, 1973” by Zen Foto.

This exhibition will also be taken to Zen Foto Beijing, 10 Sep – 3 Oct 2010.

Artist Profile


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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