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Keizo Kitajima. Modoru Okinawa.

35 GBP / Out of stock.

1975. Okinawa, Japan.
The Vietnam War has just ended.

Koza City is where the Kadena U.S. Air Force base is located. The B-52s that attacked North Vietnam took off from here. With the end of the war the city becomes the epicenter of a celebrative rush that lasts for a few years. The city experiences a momentary crazed and raucous time.

A cacophonic spell where Japanese culture collides and becomes intimate with African-American trends and culture. Ultimately it became a successful, popular shock wave. It all dies off with the advent of the 1980s.

Keizo Kitajima visits Koza city regularly during those years and he executes a vital work, a crucial and important piece of documentary photography.

During those years Keizo realizes that the photographic exploration of reality is everything but small talk or commentary: it is an observation detached from any sentimentalism, a way to go further than what meets the eye and to document what is beyond the simple appearance.

This is Modoru Okinawa by Keizo Kitajima.
Texts by Christian Caujolle.

Specs:
136 pages
Duotone and Tritone
Hardcover Black cloth backstrip
Size 24 x 17.5 cm
Gardapat 170gsm matte paper
Sewn binding