After the monograph on his entire work, this book is devoted to Masahisa Fukase’s emblematic series around his two cats, Sasuke and Momoe, mixing iconic and unpublished photographs.
In 1977, Fukase turns his lens towards his new companion: Sasuke. Surrounded by felines since childhood, he decided with the arrival of this new kitten to make it a photographic subject in its own right, fascinated by this lively creature named after a legendary ninja. To his dismay, Sasuke disappeared after ten days and the photographer put up a hundred posters of his lost cat (those on the cover of the book) in his neighborhood. A person brings him back his cat but it’s not Sasuke, but he welcomes him with the same affection. A year later, he takes a second cat, nicknamed Momoe, who will also enter the frame.
His cats were the subject of several books during his lifetime. Tomo Kosuga, director of the Fukase archives, has delved into this body of images to conceive this book as the culmination of a series of publications dedicated to his felines.