Hardcover with dust jacket, 159 pages, 17 x 22 cm. Includes essays in English by Urs Stahl and Toshiharu Ito.
This book, in all its tragedy, poignance and pain, doubles as salutary reminder of photography's role of mirror to familiar memory as well as a tool of investigation of the unknown. Seiichi Furuya left his homeland in 1973 and came to live in Austria. There he met Christine Gössler, who he married in 1978 and had a son together. From the early days, he took pictures of his daily life, places he visited, portraits of his wife and son, friends… In 1983, Christine was diagnosed schizophrenic and spent more and more time in a psychiatric hospital in Graz, until October 7th 1985, when she committed suicide. As he kept on photographing his daily life, he started to publish in 1989 a series of books called “Mémoires” centered around his life with or without Christine and his son. The photographs in Mémoires 1995, as innocent as they might seem at first glance, are all imbued with a sense of tragedy and a foreboding of death. And yet this is not just another love story with an unhappy ending; it is an unsettling meditation on the nature of photography, on how time’s inexorable passing changes the nature and use of photographs.