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    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    KAWADA KIKUJI (b.1933)

    Woman of Sankt Pauli from 'Sei naru sekai -- Sacré Atavism', 25 June 1969

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    KAWADA KIKUJI (b.1933)
    Woman of Sankt Pauli from 'Sei naru sekai -- Sacré Atavism', 25 June 1969
    gelatin silver print
    signed in English and annotated 'From "Sei naru sekai" (Woman)' in Japanese in pencil on verso
    6 3/8 x 9½in. (16.1 x 24.1cm.) (2)


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    This print is accompanied by Kawada, Sei naru sekai -- Sacré Atavism. Tokyo: Shashin Hyoron-sha, 2 May 1971. Screened gravures of photographs by Kawada; text by Shibusawa Tatsuhiko. First edition, signed by Kawada. Red cloth & illustrated slipcase (illus.) 11¾ x 11¾in. (30 x 30cm.)

    This is the actual print reproduced in the 20th anniversary issue of Camera Mainichi (1973) and gifted by Kawada to the editor. For this special volume, 100 contemporary photographers were asked to select one photograph from their own body of work. Kawada chose this extraordinary image of a prostitute on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, Hamburg's notorious red-light district. He shot this picture while travelling in Europe in search of the grotesque and the baroque for his second book Sacré Atavism (1971). The present lot is one of only a few vintage prints made of this image.

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    Provenance

    Gift of the artist to editor of Camera Mainichi 20th Anniversary Issue, 1973;
    via agent;
    acquired by present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1960

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TOKYO

    It can be said that Sacré Atavism began with this image. As evidence, if one were to strip this book of its photographs, one by one, until all were gone, the afterimage of 'Woman of Sankt Pauli' will still remain.

    KAWADA KIKUJI, 1973


    Literature

    Canon Circle, No.111, September 1969; Kawada, Sei naru sekai -- Sacré Atavism, Shashin Hyoron-sha, 1971, pp.220-21 (illus.); this print is reproduced in Camera Mainichi 20th Anniversary Issue -- 100 Photographers: Profiles & Works, December 1973, p.79; Kawada Kikuji: Nihon no shashinka 33 [Japanese Photographers, Vol.33], Iwanami Shoten, 1998, pl.24; Kaneko & Jimbo (eds.), Kikuji Kawada: Theatrum Mundi, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2003, pp.34-35 & 135.