Month: May 2016

The Solitude of Ravens- Masahisa Fukase

Masahisa Fukase was a Japanese photographer, celebrated for his deeply autobiographical work depicting his domestic life. Fukase’s career is often listed as two monomaniacally consistent phases: before his wife Yōko Wanibe left him, when he photographed nothing but her, and after the breakdown of his marriage, tormented by heartbreak, he photographed nothing but ravens.

The Solitude of Ravens was the last book Fukase personally made. The blurry, grainy black and white images are symbols of his grief and a personal statement of loss at the breakdown of his marriage to Yoko. The book was first published in 1986, just a few years before he plunged into a coma after tumbled down a flight of stairs at his favorite bar. He died in 2012 after lying for 20 years in a coma.

 

Nobaribetsu Hot Spring, 1977 16 x 20 inch Silver Gelatin Print

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

 

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

Karasu © Masahisa Fukase

 

Images @ Masahisa Fukase

Photos from: http://www.gallery51.com/

 

 

Stephen Shore

I wanted to make pictures that felt natural, that felt like seeing, that didn’t feel like taking something in the world and making a piece of art out of it.” – Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore is an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States, and for his pioneering use of colour in art photography.

At the age of 18, Shore moved into Andy Warhol’s Factory, where he took photographs, assisted in film productions. In 1971, he became the first living photographer to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz.

Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga

Andy Warhol

Diana Hall pointing a gun at Andy Warhol

Nico and Rene Ricard

4 Part Variation, July 1969

Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 1972

Aiken, South Carolina, June 1972

Clovis, New Mexico, June 1972

Kanab, Utah, June 1972

Chicago July 1972

Room 125, Westbank Motel, Idaho, July 1973

Stampeder Motel, Oregon, July 1973

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West Ninth Avenue, Texas October 1974

Martin Theatre, Panama City, Florida, February 1976

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Ginger Shore, Florida, November 1977

Merced River, California, August, 1979

Ukraine 2013

Ukraine 2013

Ukraine 2013

Copyright: Stephen Shore

To see more Shore’s work, visit: http://stephenshore.net/