Join Joshua Chuang of The New York Public Library and photo-historian Miyuki Hinton for an immersive experience of Chizu (The Map), the legendary photobook first published by Kikuji Kawada in 1965. Learn firsthand why Chizu has been heralded as “the ultimate photobook-as-object,” the most famous and sought-after book in the history of Japanese photography. This is a rare opportunity for close study of the various versions of the book, including the newly published Maquette Edition.
Wednesday 8 December
Wallach Division Study Room (Room 308, 3rd Floor)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
The New York Public Library
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Please note: the capacity is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
About Chizu (Maquette Edition)
Kawada’s Chizu (The Map) is the most famous and sought after book in the history of Japanese photography. In November 2001, New York Public Library acquired the rarest version of the book, Kikuji Kawada’s unique, handmade maquette. The maquette presents a notably different physicality than that of the published edition—many of the pictures are the same but with variant croppings, tonalities, orientations. This MACK version is an exquisite facsimile of the two-volume maquette, and includes an accompanying bilingual booklet featuring new scholarship by Joshua Chuang and Miyuki Hinton, together with an extended interview with the artist, detailing the evolution of one of the greatest photobooks ever made.