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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 71

    KITAJIMA KEIZO (b.1954)

    Tokyo from 'Shashin tokkyubin Tokyo' [Photomail from Tokyo], 1975

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    KITAJIMA KEIZO (b.1954)
    Tokyo from 'Shashin tokkyubin Tokyo' [Photomail from Tokyo], 1975
    unique gelatin silver print, printed 1985
    signed and dated by photographer, variously annotated in other hands in pencil on verso
    9½ x 13¾in. (24 x 35cm.) (2)

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    This print is accompanied by Kitajima, Shashin tokkyubin Tokyo [Photomail from Tokyo]. Tokyo: Paroru-sha, 20 June 1980. Halftone reproductions of photographs by Kitajima; text by Moriyama Daido & Kitajima. First edition, signed by Kitajima. Yellow wrappers & illustrated dust jacket (illus.). 10 1/8 x 7¼in. (25.7 x 18.5cm.)

    Kitajima was Moriyama Daido's student at WORKSHOP, the influential photography school, which opened in April 1974. When the school closed in March 1976, Moriyama -- together with a number of his students including Kitajima -- founded the independent photo gallery Image Shop CAMP in Shinjuku district of Tokyo. The gallery actively promoted works by young Tokyo artists until it closed in February 1984.

    Kitajima first printed this captivating, high-contrast image as an oversized print mounted on plywood in 1979 when he organised 12 monthly exhibitions for his series Photomail from Tokyo at CAMP. This print was subsequently shown in 1980 at his solo exhibition Photomail from Tokyo at Minolta Photo Space then destroyed. In the same year, he made a second print, which was reproduced in the 12-volume and single volume editions of Photomail from Tokyo. This second print was also destroyed. The third print, offered here, was made in 1985 for the exhibition Paris--New York--Tokyo at Tsukuba Museum of Photography and is the only extant print of this image. According to Kitajima, period prints from WORKSHOP and CAMP are exceptionally rare as it was customary to destroy the prints after they were exhibited.

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    From the artist;
    with Zeit-Foto Salon, 1985;
    acquired by present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text




    Kitajima, Shashin tokkyubin Tokyo, 12 vols., self-published, 1979; Kitajima, Shashin tokkyubin Tokyo, Paroru-sha, 1980, n.p. (illus.); this print is reproduced in Paris--New York--Tokyo, Tsukuba Museum of Photography, 1985, p.278, no.374; also in Fotografía Japonesa Contemporánea, Ministerio de Cultura, Spain, 1986, p.82, pl.18.


    Tsukuba, Tsukuba Museum of Photography, Paris--New York--Tokyo, 3 March -- 16 September 1985 and Sendai, Miyagi Museum of Art, 9 November -- 22 December 1985; Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Fotografía Japonesa Contemporánea and elsewhere, 1986.