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Sasuke . Masahisa Fukase

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After the monograph on his work as a whole, this book is devoted to Masahisa Fukase's emblematic series on his two cats, Sasuke and Momoe, combining iconic and unpublished photographs.

In 1977, Fukase turned his lens towards his new companion: Sasuke. Surrounded by felines since childhood, he decided with the arrival of this new kitten to make it a photographic subject in its own right, fascinated by this lively creature named after a legendary ninja. To his dismay, Sasuke disappears after ten days and the photographer puts up a hundred posters of his lost cat (the ones on the cover of the book) in his neighbourhood. A person brings him back his cat but it is not Sasuke, but he welcomes him with the same affection. A year later, he takes in a second cat, nicknamed Momoe, who will also enter the frame. Fukase never tires of photographing their games, which become a veritable field of limitless visual experimentation. As is often the case in his work, this is a form of projection of the photographer into his subject. The cat, a faithful companion who never leaves his side, takes the place of his wife, the eternal heartache, later represented by the emblematic fleeing crows.

His cats were the subject of several books during his lifetime. Tomo Kosuga, director of the Fukase archives, has delved into this corpus of images in order to conceive this work as the culmination of a series of publications dedicated to his felines.


Sasuke . Masahisa Fukase

Publication date: 24 June 2021

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Version :  English

Hardback, 18.5 x 26 cm

123 B&W photographs

192 pages


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2021-01-21

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