MACK, 2019 First edition Hardcover, 80 pages, 23 x 31 cm Condition: New
For three generations the Fukase family ran a photography studio in Bifuka, a small town in northern Japan. In 1971, at the age of 35, Masahisa Fukase returned home from Tokyo, where he had moved in the 50s. He realised that the Photographic Studio, which his younger brother managed, combined with the growing family members, constituted the perfect subject for a series of portraits.
True to his style, Fukase often introduced third-party models and humorous elements to juxtapose the ineluctable reality of time passing and the dwindling family group. He continued the series through his father’s death in 1987, up until the closure of the Fukase studio due to bankruptcy in 1989, and the consequential dispersion of the family.
What began as creative experimentation, nevertheless became a poignant, emotional record of both the Fukase family and the business that defined them. The resulting images are playful but often unnerving; a collision of tradition and modernity in full force, capturing love, life and loss.
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