One of the most important Japanese photographers of the last century, Masahisa Fukase was known for exploring themes of isolation, loneliness and melancholy and for his transgressive and intimate approach to the medium. This volume includes two of his last and probably most personal series. Private Scenes presents photographs taken during the year 1989 in various locations around the world in which he is both subject and photographer. He then painted over the prints with coloured washes to create a completely new piece. For this same series, he then photographed scenes of everyday life, this time in Tokyo, changing cameras and adding the date on his photographs, but still representing himself in the pictures. This volume presents for the first time in book form all the photographs that make up both original series. It marks a turning point in Fukase’s work: an artist grappling with his medium and the compulsion to share his personal experiences with his audience. The photographs are accompanied by a text by Masako Toda, which offers a contextual and historical consideration of Fukase’s work.
Masahisa Fukase – Private Scenes
Prestel, 2023 Hardcover, 19×24 cm 192 pages, b/w and color photographs English text