List of photobooks by Fukase, Masahisa

Masahisa Fukase, the Japanese photographer of the "Ravens", was born in 1934 near Hokkaido and died in 2012 after 20 years of coma. His photos are the projection of his inner darkness, a visually fascinating autobiographical work.
Photo: © self-portrait

Masahisa Fukase, the Japanese photographer of the "Ravens", was born in 1934 near Hokkaido and died in 2012 after 20 years of coma. His photos are the projection of his inner darkness, a visually fascinating autobiographical work.
Photo: © self-portrait


The New Japanese Photography


In 1974, he created The Workshop Photography School, with photographers Daido Moriyama, Eikoh Hosoe, Noriaki Yokosuka, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Shomei Tomatsu, exhibited at the New York MoMA the same year in the exhibition New Japanese Photography.

Soon came the first series of photographs "From the Window" (1973), photos of a woman, Yoko Wanibe of which he is madly in love, taken from the window of their house. Their marriage will last 13 years. She will leave him in 1976 and will say in "The Incurable Egoist" a supplement of the Japanese photography magazine Mainichi how difficult it was to be his muse ...


Masahisa Fukase and the Ravens: a morbid fascination


Around this time that he will enter his dark period, that of the Ravens, a year before their divorce. This corpus will be brought together in his most famous photobook "Karasu", the Ravens, better known as "The Solitude of the Ravens", published in 1986. In 2010, this book was voted "Best Photography Book of these Last 25 years "by The British Journal of Photography.

The birds are photographed dead or alive, isolated or in groups. There are many pictures taken in winter, in dull landscapes, with dynamic and scattered movements. The result is scary. Yoko will later write "He has become obsessed with them, for their darkness and loneliness."


The self-portraits


The last part of Fukase's work, exhibited early in 2016 in the London gallery Hoppen, reveals a series of self-portraits called "Bukubuku" (1991). These shots were taken in a bathtub with a waterproof device. To immerse oneself in water is to enter a world with different physical properties than one's daily life. It looks like Fukase is looking at himself, deep in melancholy, as if showing us how much he would like to escape from reality.


Bibliographie : Livres photo / monographies déjà parus


2017 Afterword 2nd, roshin books,
        Ravens, Mack,
2016 Afterword (1st), roshin books,
        Hibi, Mack,
2015 Wonderful Days, Roshin books,
        Slaughter, SUPER LABO,
2008 Ravens - Solitude of Ravens, RAT HOLE,
2004 Bukubuku, hysteric glamour,
        Walking Eyes, hysteric glamour,
1991 The Solitude of Ravens, Bedford Arts,
        Family, IPC,
        Memories of Father, IPC,
1986 Ravens, Sokyusha,
1979 The strawhat Cat, Bunka Shuppankyoku,
1978 Sasuke, my dear cat, Seinen Shokan,
        Viva! Sasuke, Pet Life,
        Yohko, Asahi Sonorama,
        Homo Ludence, Chuo-Koronsha

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  • .Sold out book - Last 3 copies available!.Publisher's presentation: "Afterword is composed of photos used in the afterword ’Sasuke’s Diary’ from Sasuke, My Dear Cat, published by Seinen Shokan in 1978. In the small pocket-sized printing manuscript were instructions and numbering written by Fukase himself. Sasuke the First went missing quite early on, but...

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  • Publisher's presentation: " « Ravens is one of the defining bodies of work in the history of photography and a high point in the photo book genre. This accumulation of accolades, and the passing of time, have obscured much of the fascinating detail which explains the artist’s pre-occupation with this motif throughout his work. It was not simply a...

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  • .Second edition still available (very last copies) - See "Suggestions" tab.Publisher's presentation: "Afterword is composed of photos used in the afterword ’Sasuke’s Diary’ from Sasuke, My Dear Cat, published by Seinen Shokan in 1978. In the small pocket-sized printing manuscript were instructions and numbering written by Fukase himself. Sasuke the First...

  • Publisher's presentation : "Hibi literally comprises a series of street photographs by renowned Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase. Each of the black and white images painstakingly attend to the road’s surface – the worn road-markings, the fading lines and arrows eroded by the city’s innumerable inhabitants, a web of fissures in the asphalt. In 1992,...

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  • .Sold out.Text introducing the cats at the end of the book: "Kabo - Seal point Siamese (Adopted by the Fukase family in the mid 1960s. Lived to be 23.) In 1964, Fukase and Yoko moved into the Matsubara Danchi housing complex. As they began life as a newly married couple, Fukase decided one day that he wanted a pet cat. During a stroll near his apartment,...

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