Masahisa Fukase, ‘Nayoro’, 1977, 99Prints
Masahisa Fukase, ‘Nayoro’, 1977, 99Prints

The print is part of a portfolio of 12 works: Modern Masters of Photography: Japan (1960-2003). It is a limited edition collection of 12 contemporary photographs by internationally renowned photographers from Japan. The photographs are printed on photo rag paper and presented in a hard-case portfolio. Each print is signed by the artist with an edition number. This print is: 97/100.

Series: From portfolio Modern Masters of Photography: Japan (1960-2003)

Signature: signed (recto) by the artist

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About Masahisa Fukase

A legend and an enigma in his native Japan, postwar photographer Masahisa Fukase produced a body of work whose dark expressionism reflects the artistic reaction to a country ravaged by defeat. He began showing his photographs in the 1960s, focusing on industrial scenes. By the early 1970s, he turned to the tender subject of his wife, gaining critical and commercial success. In 1974, together with contemporaries including Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama, he established a photography school, The Workshop, which propagated the grainy, raw style they pioneered. That same year, his work was included in “New Japanese Photography,” a groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. By the late 1970s, bereft after the dissolution of his marriage, Fukase began photographing ravens, their inky-black bodies serving as ciphers for the pain and loneliness by which he was plagued.

Japanese, 1934-2012