Kikuji KAWADA who is a world-famous photographer is born in Tsuchiura-shi,
on January 1, 1933. Kikuji Kawada is admitted into
after entrance to school in
. He applies for the moon example of the photograph magazine "camera" at the time of graduation from high school and catch eye of judge, Ken DOMON, Ihei KIMURA and get a special prize.
He enters the
department of economics, and registered at the photograph department, and he is entered the company in 1955 by graduation, Shinchosha. He was in charge of gravure photography from the foundation of a periodical of the magazine "weekly Sincho". He exhibited it at the first exhibition "eyes of ten people " (Konishiroku photo gallery) in 1957. and he became a member of Japan Professional Photographers Society. He resigns from Shinchosha in 1959 and becomes a free-lance photographer. He held first private exhibition "sea" (
photo salon) in 1959 and formed Photograph group "VIVO" with Akira SATO, Akira TANNO, Ikko NARAHARA, Shomei TOMATSU, Eiko HOSOE and others in the same year.
He holds private exhibition "The Map" (
photo salon) in 1961. And Photograph collection "map" (Bijutsu-syuppan-sha, 800 limitation) becoming the best masterpiece in 1965 is published, and Reprinted edition " The Map " (Getsuyo-sha, 1,000 limitation) is published in 2005.