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New book: “Hibi” by Masahisa Fukase

Vibrancy is juxtaposed with stark black-and-white photographs — imbued with pain and loss — in Masahisa Fukase's works from "Private Scenes '92". MACK has published a new book collating this compelling cluster.

May 4, 2016 - Lisa Walden

Hibi by Masahisa Fukase published by MACK. ©Masahisa Fukase 2016 courtesy MACK

Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase photographed his wife extensively (so much in fact that he refused to photograph anyone else during their 13-year marriage). After their relationship came to an end in 1976 the direction of his images shifted: they became obsessive and intense, depicting the permanent wounds of his heartbreak. Using ravens to connote this unendurable pain — a somewhat dark connotation — The Solitude of Ravens, works which he is best known for, focused on the named bird to connote this pain, and became Fukase’s escapism of translating his unendurable hurt and longing for his lost partner.

Hibi is a new expressive book by MACK that collates works the artist created during the early 90s. Bromide prints overlays bromide prints with fluid drawings and cool colored inks. Series of street photographs — bromide prints overlaid with fluid strokes of brightly colored inks — were a total departure from his previous snaps: worn road-markings, fading lines and eroded arrows. Fusake captures shadows of the road’s surface and leaves readers with an interpretation they can never fully resolve — perhaps an interpretive and expressive representation of Fukase’s irreparable damage.

Every image in Hibi leaves you feeling Fukase’s presence — a fingerprint, a shoe, a glimpse of his shadow. He’s always present, as if to make a visible association between the photograph’s emotive qualities and himself.

Hibi by Masahisa Fukase published by MACK ©Masahisa Fukase 2016 courtesy MACK

Hibi by Masahisa Fukase published by MACK ©Masahisa Fukase 2016 courtesy MACK

Hibi by Masahisa Fukase published by MACK ©Masahisa Fukase 2016 courtesy MACK

Hibi by Masahisa Fukase published by MACK ©Masahisa Fukase 2016 courtesy MACK

For more information visit the MACK website here.