Masahisa Fukase, circa 1973. Photo by Kazuoki Nozawa.

Masahisa Fukase (1934-2012) grew up on the northern Japan island of Hokkaido before moving to Tokyo in 1952 to enter the Photography Department of Nihon University in Tokyo. He worked as a commercial photographer to support himself after graduating in 1956, while also pursuing his own artistic projects. In 1974 he helped established a photography school called The Workshop with his colleagues Shomei Tomatsu, Eiko Hosoe, Noriaki Yokosuka, Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki, and that same year his work was included in the watershed exhibition "New Japanese Photography" at the Museum of Modern Art, curated by John Szarkowski and Shoji Yamagishi. Fukase remains best known for his book 鴉 (*karasu*), known in English as The Solitude of Ravens (1986), his dark meditation on crows that he took up in response to his crumbling marriage. Sadly, Fukase spent the last 20 years of his life in a coma after falling down a staircase in 1992.