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Masahisa Fukase: Family

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For three generations the Fukase family ran a photography studio in Bifuka, Japan. In August 1971, at the age of 35, Masahisa Fukase returned home from Tokyo, where he had moved in the 1950s. He realised that the Fukase Photographic Studio, which his younger brother managed, combined with the growing family members, constituted the perfect subject for a series of portraits. Between 1971 and 1989, he returned regularly and used the family studio, the large-format Anthony view camera and the changing family line-up as the basis for the series. Family (Kazoku) was released in 1991, and was Fukase’s last book. Now this is new edition. It begins with a photograph of the family studio and the following 31 images are family portraits made in the studio in chronological order. The book includes an extensive text written by Fukase himself and a modern essay by Tomo Kosuga, and a print that both numbered and stamped by the Masahisa Fukase Archives.

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