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The Solitude of Ravens

Masahisa Fukase
The Solitude of Ravens

Photographs by Masahisa Fukase

Text by Akira Hasegawa (English / Japanese)

Design by Toshio Shiratani

Rat Hole Gallery, 2008

First edition (out of print)

Clothbound hardcover in card slipcase

136 p., 63 b/ illustrated

263 x 268 x 200 mm

Item #0168

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A stunning reprint of this classic title. "Arguably the post-Provoke masterpiece of Japanese photobooks" write Parr & Badger of this book's original Japanese edition. Fukase's work share's with Provoke "a similar combination of the intensely personal with the metaphorical, another allegory for the state of the country...The raven is a symbol of ill-omen in Japan as in the West...But if Karasu is a bitter indictment of the industrialized country, dehumanized and picked over by the natural scavengers of capitalism, the skies heavy with pollution, it is also a superb demonstration of how the photobook can also deal with the private...Fukase's cry of despair is perhaps one of the most romantic photobooks...The imagery is beautiful, surprising, haunting, but ultimately it is Fukase's masterly handling of the narrative and rhythm that makes it so memorable."

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