“I prefer remote and rugged places, mountainous terrain and desert. I love to find people who can manage to survive in these places, to discover and record their ancient way of life before they are changed by the modern era. By interacting closely with the native people there, I’m able to learn about and document their unique ways of life involving a deep connection to the rhythms of nature”
Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase made his obscure masterpiece ‘Ravens’ (‘Karasu’) between 1975 and 1982 as a way of overcoming a personal emotional trauma following a divorce with his second wife Yōko Wanibe. Though the photographs at first sight are a personal lament reflecting the darkened vision of the photographer himself, they are regarded by many as the most important body of work to come out of postwar Japan, and still its imagery continues to inspire artists and writers today.
Masahisa Fukase – Ravens
The project originated as an eight-part series for the magazine Camera Mainichi and these photo essays reveal that Fukase experimented with multiple exposure printing and narrative text as part of the development of the Karasu concept. The first book was published in 1986, subsequent editions were published in 1991 and and 2008, and in May, 2017 a new one published by Mack Books.
“Ravens is one of the defining bodies of work in the history of photography and a high point in the photo book genre. This accumulation of accolades, and the passing of time, have obscured much of the fascinating detail which explains the artist’s pre-occupation with this motif throughout his work. It was not simply a reflection of the existential angst and anhedonia he suffered throughout his life but manifested in artistic self-identification with the raven and ultimately spiralled into a solitary existence and artistic practice on the edge of madness…” Tomo Kosuga from his essay Cries of Solitude 
When she was still a teenager, Dorothy Monnelly discovered in the attic of their home, a box of her mother’s poems. They were written between 1920 – 1945 and left as her “creative” legacy for her daughters.
The series consists of floral stills and landscape photographs and is published as a photobook “For My Daughters”.
Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – For My Daughters, Floral Stills
“I have always treasured my mother’s poetry. When reading it recently, she gave me the idea of combining my images with her poetry to create a conversation back and forth about the idea expressed in each poem. She felt that we would understand each other, and writes in a poem to her daughters:
The pattern born within my mind
Is latent in their own. My wisdom
May not be profound, but they will recognize
Its likeness in their blood and bone.
It has been said that my photography shows the extraordinary in the ordinary; the same comment has been made regarding my mother’s poetry.”
Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – For My Daughters, Landscapes
‘Shop Windows‘ (Escaparates) is a series by Spanish photographer Anna Malagrida focusing on blurry and dirty windows of Parisian businesses that are closed down. Thus stripping away their customary usage and instead presenting them as a vehicle for contemplation where the viewer’s gaze can also play around with the reflection of the city’.
Famous Austrian photographer “may have frequently photographed well-dressed people and many figures of the fashion world, but to call her a fashion photographer would be a mistake”, according to John P. Jacob, the McEvoy Family curator for photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Whether photographing festivals or artists’ studios, on films sets, the street, or the fashion runway, what distinguishes Morath’s photography is an unerring eye for life’s brilliant theatricality”
Suzanne Moxhay‘s latest series “interiors” – exploring concepts of spatial containment in montages built from fragments of photographed and painted interiors. By using different techniques like traditional cut, paste collage and digital manipulation, the British artist brings a theatrical sensibility to still images. The process is quite elaborate and she produces only 7-8 works per year.
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“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.” – Federico García Lorca
Josephine Cardin – Bailaora
“I have been asked many times what it is that “look for” when I look through my lens. I do not look for something, rather I look at something, someone, some place or event, and attempt to capture the essence, the emotion and the soul of the subject, whether a person or a building.
There is so much beauty in our everyday and by ‘beauty’ I do not speak of conventional beauty, but actually, harmony, truthfulness, and that which is telling. The beauty most of us miss because we are looking down, too busy, or simply too clouded in our minds by preconceptions to see the inspiration and real beauty of our everyday world.”