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/

 

 

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