The Solitude of Ravens (Karasu). Photographs by Masahisa Fukase. Introductory note by David Travis. Afterword by Akira Hasegawa. Bedford Arts, San Francisco, 1991 (Original Japanese edition, 1986). 132 pp. Squarish quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 62 black and white reproductions. With the following ephemera laid in: tri-fold illustrated brochure from a 1999 exhibition at Stephen Wirtz Gallery with essay by David Travis; 2 illustrated, folded exhibition fliers for exhibitions at Robert Mann and Ruth Silverman Galleries; 2005 magazine article with an photograph from Ravens.
"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."
Near Fine+; light edge wear and rubbing; very slight bump to crown of spine.