KITAI, Kazuo. Resistance (Colour Edition).

(Chiba, Japan): Kazuo Kitai / Publishing Company: Kazuo Kitai Foto Institut, 2015. First edition. Large square quarto. Unpaginated. 50 years after having taken the photographs of the Zengakuren student protests at the Yokosuka Naval Base in 1964, Kazuo Kitai’s previously unpublished and unreleased photographs taken during the same period which capture the nearby bar district of Yokosuka Naval Base have now been realized and published in its full colour form. Having originally intended to publish the photographs of the bar district alongside the student protests, Kitai had lacked the financial resources choosing only to publish the black and white images and as a result produced what would become his iconic photo book “Resistance” in 1965. Finally, 50 years after its intended publication, these never before seen images provide a comparative glimpse into an already iconic body of work. Captured only a week following the turbulent student protests at Yokosuka Naval Base, Kitai’s “Resistance Colour” is an altogether unique and significant addition to the seminal collection of Japanese 1970s and 1980s Protest books. A near fine copy in boards with over wrapper. Published in an edition of 151 numbered copies. This example signed by the photographer.


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