“Blackout reveals itself slowly. All is in balance in this restrained and elegant photobook that occupies a fluid space between representation and abstraction.” – Russet Lederman, 10x10 Photobooks
In theatre, the word blackout refers to the moment in which the stage lights are extinguished to indicate the passage of time. Almost entirely shot in India, the pictures in this series tread a fine line between light and shadow, life and death. As human moments alternate with raw matter and the patterns of nature, BLACKOUT invites us to question the power of photography and its relationship with the ever-changing flow of time.
Hitoshi Fugo is a graduate of the photography programme at Nihon University and was mentored by Eikoh Hosoe. He is mostly known for his conceptual 'On the Circle,' and 'Flying Frying Pan' series, both of which are available as books. He has exhibited at Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, AKAAKA Gallery, Tokyo, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama City, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.