La version originale de the Map a été publiée le 6 août 1965, à la date du 20ème anniversaire du bombardement d'Hiroshima. Ce "livre-objet",est le fruit d'une réflexion poussée sur les traces laissées sur le territoire d'Hiroshima au lendemain de l'explosion. Kawada retranscrit de manière profonde et métaphorique les contradictions qui perdurent entre réalité et abstraction, faisant écho aux mots de l'écrivain Kenzaburo Oe : "un monde de violence dans lequel je devais vivre".
Originally published on August 6, 1965 to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima, the guiding idea of Kikuji Kawada's memorial is archaeological layering. Using multi-panel foldouts, the "various layers inside peel away like archeological strata. The whole process becomes one of uncovering and contemplating the ramifications of recent Japanese history. Kawada's photographs are a masterly amalgam of abstraction and realism, of the specific and the ineffable, woven into a tapestry that makes the act of reading them a process of re-creation in itself. In the central metaphor of the map, in the idea of the map as a series of interlocking trace marks, Kawada has conjured a brilliant simile for the photograph itself: Scientific record, memory trace, cultural repository, puzzle, and guide"
"Originally published on August 6, 1965 - the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima - Kikuji Kawada's "The Map (Chizu)" is a true icon in the history of photographic publishing. Its status as the "ultimate photobook-as-object", coupled with its scarcity, combined to make it one of the most famous and sought-after photographic publications in existence. "The Map" combines powerful graphic design with a masterful photographic narrative exploring recent Japanese history - its imperialist past, western-influenced popular culture, and brutally violent clash with the United States. The photographs, many visible only with the opening of the multiple double-page gatefolds, capture on high-contrast film scenes of places and objects seared with the memory of horrific wartime events, from the atomic-bomb dome in Hiroshima to a trampled Japanese flag. Nazraeli Press in association with Getsuyosha Ltd. is proud to announce a facsimile reprint of this historic book.The first edition is cited on pages 286-287 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume I", pages 212-213 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book", pages 86-93 of Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian's "Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s"), and as entry 282 in Manfred Heiting and Ryuichi Kaneko's "The Japanese Photobook 1912-1990")
Kikuji Kawada-The Map