Masahisa Fukase|The Whimsical and Eye

15/04/2023 - 26/05/2023

NADiff A/P/A/R/T 3F, 
1-18-4, Ebisu, 
150–0013 Tokyo


Masahisa Fukase (1934-2012) was born in Bifuka, Hokkaido. Photography was firmly ingrained in his upbringing helping his family’s photography business at the Fukase Photo Studio. This early exposure provided him with a solid foundation as he acquired his first camera in his first year of high school and began submitting his work to photography magazines. When he was 18, he moved to Tokyo to enroll in the Department of Photography at Nihon University College of Art. After graduation, he did not return to his hometown, instead choosing to work as a commercial photographer for the advertising company Daiichi Senden Sha while producing his photographic works in Tokyo. In 1961, Fukase had a solo exhibition, Kill the Pig, which included photographs of a slaughterhouse and portraits of his domestic partner and of his stillborn child; some were subsequently published in photography magazines. In 1963, he met Yoko Wanibe, his future spouse, and in 1978, he published the photobook Yohko, a collection of photographs in which she prominently featured as a model.