The seminal work of Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase (Hokkaido, 1934-2012) remained largely inaccessible for over two decades. The dreadful story goes: After divorcing from his wife, Fukase got caught up in a downwards spiral of depression and excessive alcohol consumption, resulting in a dreadful fall that left the artist in a comatose state until his death. Fukase’s death caused his gripping work to be gradually discovered – revealing one of the most radical and experimental photographers of the post-war generation in Japan. Foam presents the large-scale visual biography of Masahisa Fukasi, featuring works from the early 1960s until 1992 and it’s free for Subbacultcha members. All this heavy stuff results in something that’s truly haunting and stunning.
Untitled 1972, from the series Family © Masahisa Fukase Archives.