10 April 2008
Karasu -- Ravens. Tokyo: Sokyusha, 1986.
Square quarto (257 x 257 mm). 62 black and white photographs. Original black cloth, covers and spine blind-stamped (lacking glassine dust jacket); original cardboard slipcase with printed paper label; black cloth folding case. Provenance: Tsuyoshi Iguchi (inscription from Fukase, dated 26 July 1991).
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY FUKASE. "THE POST-PROVOKE MASTERPIECE OF JAPANESE PHOTOBOOKS... a technical as well as an aesthetic tour-de-force... its strength is that it works on so many levels -- graphically, descriptively, technically, metaphorically. The imagery is beautiful, surprising, haunting, but ultimately it is Fukase's masterly handling of the narrative and rhythm that makes it so memorable" (The Photobook). The Photobook, vol. I, p.306.
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