Family. Photographs by Masahisa Fukase. IPC/Inter Press Corporation, Tokyo, 1991. 76 pp. Folio. First edition. SIGNED on title page. Hardbound with gold paper covered boards. No jacket as issued. Card slipcase with printed label. 34 black-and-white reproductions.
In 1971 Fukase began traveling to his native Hokkaido to visit his family. While there he embarked on a series of family portraits. His wife Yokho, the subject of much of his work appears in the first picture only; with her place taken in later images by a number of different actresses and models, who appear nude. He stopped making these family photographs in 1975, and divorced Yokho the following year. It was during a trip to Hokkaido that Fukase began Karasu (Ravens), the work for which he is best known. Fukase resumed the series of family portraits again in 1985, ending it with the death of his father and the sale of his father's studio. In the year following the publication of "Family" and "Memories of Father", Fukase fell down a flight of stairs in a Shinjuku bar and suffered severe brain damage, which has left him in a coma ever since.
Near Fine; bumped at upper corners and base of spine.