Masahisa Fukase Raven Scenes

8 editioned colour works by Masahisa Fukase

About the Artist

Masahisa Fukase was born in the town of Bifuka in Nakagawa District, Hokkaido, in 1934. He graduated from the Nihon University College of Art’s Photography Department in 1956. Fukase became a freelance photographer in 1968 after working at the Nippon Design Center and Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers.

His major collections include Yugi (English: Homo Ludence) (Chuokoronsha, 1971), Yoko (Asahi Sonorama, 1978), and Karasu (English: Ravens) (Sokyusha, 1986). His major group exhibitions include “New Japanese Photography” (New York MoMA, 1974), “Black Sun: The Eyes of Four” (Oxford Museum of Modern Art, 1985), “By Night” (Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, 1996), and “OUT OF JAPAN” (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002). Fukase has also held countless other solo exhibitions.

Project Story

Masahisa Fukase’s Raven Scenes was taken with 35mm colour positive film in Kanazawa, Japan in 1977-1978. Originally titled Karasu-kei (Landscape with Ravens), the series was published in the June issue of Camera Mainichi, 1978 under the title Ravens 4.

“I was previously surprised by the bird’s glowing eyes in ‘Ravens 3′ which was published in the January issue of Camera Mainichi in 1978, but this time with the colour photographs, I was surprised by the colour of the sky. Whilst shooting in Kanazawa I had to increase the ASA from 200 – 1600 and due to the light coming from behind, as well as the rainy and cloudy weather, the sky’s colour became strange and could not be predicted such as grey, green, light blue and so on. The Ravens’ eyes glow brighter when they are captured from a further distance with telephoto lens and flashlights. I was about 30 – 50 meters away from them.”

With the full support of the Masahisa Fukase Archives, Benrido has made the first ever edition prints from Fukase’s Raven Scenes. The works include 8 images which have been printed in a limited edition of 5 prints each. Each print has been posthumously stamped and numbered by the Masahisa Fukase Archives.

 

Portfolio Details

Released in June 2018

Selection of 8 limited edition  colour collotype prints

Image Size: 29 x 22.8cmPaper Size: 37 x 30.8cm

Stamped and numbered by Masahisa Fukase Archives

Limited edition of 5 per print.

 

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