Sawada Kyoichi was born in the northern Japanese city of Aomori in 1936. He worked at the US military base in Misawa before heading to Indochina in 1965, with the war was ablaze. Through the years of steady escalation of the Vietnam War, Sawada photographed on the front lines until he was shot to death in 1970 at age 34. In those 5 years in the war zone, he produced numerous masterpieces and won international recognition. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for a group of photographs that included Flee to Safety, which captured Vietnamese people driven from their homes, struggling desperately to survive. The image confronted the world with the cruel reality of the battle zone.
This exhibition presents about 300 items, including previously unreleased photographs and original wire photos Sawada sent back from the battle. The photographs evoke both his homeland and the battle zones, crisscrossed by life and death. They allow us to examine the face of the Vietnam War that Sawada unflinchingly sought to convey. We hope it will offer an opportunity to contemplate the “American War.”
Organized by Izu Photo Museum
In collaboration with the Aomori Museum of Art
Sawada Kyoichi 16km south of Da Nang (c) Sawada Sata