Seiichi Furuya is a Japanese photographer who has spent part of his life in Europe (Austria and German.
After studying architecture, then photography in Tokyo, a long road trip led him ultimateluy in Austria, where he worked fot he magazine "Camera Austria", where he will be one of the first to showcase the works of Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki in Europe.
In 1978, he meets Christine Gössler with whom he lives in Berlin, and has a son. After a long illness of psychological problems, Christine commits suicide in 1985.
Seiichi Furuya has published several photobooks, where Christine often appears.
Among his photobooks: A series of five books titled "Mémoires" that revisit his life with Christine, "Why Dresden" (Spector Books, 2017) and "Face to Face" (Chose Commune, 2020), that he considers to be the final chapter of his series "Mémoires" and was initiated after he rediscovered a series of portraits that Christine had made of him over the years.
© Portrait taken from the book "Face to Face"
Presentation by Chose Commune: " In 1973, Seiichi Furuya left Japan for Europe on board of the Trans-Siberian train. He arrived in Austria where he first settled in Vienna, before moving to Graz where he met Christine Gössler in 1978. From this day forward, he started photographing her, in the intimacy of their home in Graz but also during their travels...