Koji Kitagawa has been a member of the SPEW collective with Daisuke Yokota and Naohiro Utagawa, an experience he describes as “being in a car launched at full speed”. Since 15 years Koji Kitagawa has been producing series that he distributes in the form of simple, plain editions. This book is an anthology compiling his obsessive series one after the other.
Publisher: Area Books
Koji’s words: “In creating, I get a lot from the process itself. If the image is complete before I’ve fully worked on it, it doesn’t hold much meaning for me. I’m always advancing several projects little by little, I want to remove my intent from the work as much as possible; ambiguity is an essential component. I think photography is imagination.”
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“The dance tracks that have resonated most this year are the joyous ones that grab your arm and haul you on to the floor with a sambuca, shaking the torpor of the year away. Here, the snap and thrum of Miami bass pairs with a ghetto house breakbeat that keeps dancing away from a steady tempo; Samara’s vocal line is the sort of skipping-game chant that would pair perfectly with a burst hydrant in the summer.” The Guardian: The 20 best songs of 2021 No. 15.
Book Specs: Photography 写真 by Koji Kitagawa published by Area Books in November 2021 | Black print on blue or green paper cover and overcover | Soft cover | Gold hot foil | 800 pages |150 x 210 mm | 250 copies | Limited edition 50 copies | 752 images in black and white | 48 last images in colors. Available here.
Area Books is a new independent publishing house based in Paris and promoting contemporary visual artists. With a focus on experimental practice, Area draws inspiration from remote visions of our world to reveal its ambiguity.