Kazuo Kitai "Somehow Familiar Places"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is proud to present this solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Kazuo Kitai. Kitai is one of Japan's most distinguished photographers, yet this is his first solo exhibition at a museum. A retrospective of his career to date, the exhibition covers his most significant series from his student days to his most recent work.

His early masterworks, series such as Barricade and Sanrizuka, are renowned as powerful reportage documenting significant events that are iconic of social movements underway at that time. By showing us the students at their barricades and the farmers resisting the construction of Narita International Airport from an insider's perspective, however, his work is categorically different from the many other photographs that document these events. Then came Somehow Familiar Places and Murae—To the Villages, filled with scenes from Japanese rural lives that are now irretrievably gone; those series, recognized masterpieces, solidified his reputation. They were followed by Funabashi Story, images of daily life in Funabashi City, a bedroom community on the outskirts of Tokyo, and other cheerful, casual images of life in new residential areas. While the style of Kitai's work may appear to be changing, his gaze is always firmly focused on the present moment.

In these photographs of people's lives, visitors of every generation are likely to find scenes that evoke the feeling, "That looks familiar somehow. I've seen that, somewhere."



From 2012-11-24 To 2013-01-27
Closed December 29 – January 1


Kazuo Kitai



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