The Solitude of Ravens. Photographs by Masahisa Fukase. Rat Hole Gallery, 2008. 136 pp. Large quarto. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. Card slipcase. Black-and-white reproductions.
NOTE: Illustration at right is a stock photo; item offered in as new condition in original publisher's shrink wrap.
Masahisa Fukase's Ravens: the best photobook of the past 25 years?--Sean O'Hagen, The Guardian, 2010
"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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