Solitude of Ravens by Masahisa Fukase. First impression of this 2017 edition in new condition. No markings. The book is brand new. Slipcase has shrink wrap covering it. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Solitude of Ravens
This book was made between 1975 and 1982 in the wake of his wife Yōko Wanibe divorcing him. The visual narrative of the series revolves around the anthropomorphic form of the raven. Dead and alive the birds punctuate the work; lone birds reduced to shadow puppetry against the snow or dislocated flocks that mimic the grain of the photographs themselves. Although interjected with other subjects such as blizzard streaked streets or the fleshy form of a nude masseuse, it is the recurrent presence of the ravens that sets the ominous and cinematic tone of the work.
“Ravens is one of the defining bodies of work in the history of photography and also 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 reflection of the existential angst and anhedonia he suffered throughout his life but manifested in artistic self-identification with the raven and ultimately spiralled into a solitary existence and artistic practice on the edge of madness. And all this before an untimely accident in 1992, a fall down the stairs of his favourite bar, resulted in him spending the final twenty years before his death with his consciousness suspended and in medical isolation. Fukase became the singular raven frozen by his camera and immortalized on the cover of his most famous book.”
Fukase has been a seminal figure in contemporary Japanese photography since the 1960s. In 1974, he founded the Workshop Photography School together with figures such as Daido Moriyama, Eikoh Hosoe, Noriaki Yokosuka and Nobuyoshi Araki. Fukase kept experimenting and innovating throughout his career.
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