Masahisa Fukase

  • The Photography Show Presented by AIPAD 2022


    After what seems like an eternity, we are so looking forward to once again being in New York for The Photography Show presented by AIPAD. To be amongst you, our friends, and also our professional colleagues again makes us very excited to see what each dealer will bring to the fair; certainly this brings a sense of fun and normality back to life. We have spent a considerable time trying to curate the right mix of material to present at the fair and we sincerely hope that our selection will delight the eye...


  • Paris Photo 2021

    Michael Hoppen's Highlights November 5, 2021

    We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Paris Photo 2021 after our forced absence from art fairs – but especially Paris Photo which we have participated in for the past twenty-four editions. The fair means a lot to all of us in the photography community, so it is with great pleasure we return with what we hope will be a memorable event. Coming together under the banner of Paris Photo is a great opportunity for us to present photographs which we feel will enliven and entertain but also to inform and advance the tradition of this fascinating medium forward.

    Our stand this year will represent some old and some new; much of it will be seen for the very first time.


    Whilst artists such as Araki and Tim Walker will need no introduction, others who will accompany us such as Tetsuya Ichimura, Sian Davey, Eamonn Doyle and Akira Sato will show works that are less well known and, in some cases, their first outing publicly. This always energises us as we are so excited to see your reactions to new, rare and unseen works.


    Our passion for Japanese photography will be very well represented by many of the greats and some unknown from Masatoshi Naito, Daido Moriyama, Miyako Ishiuchi, Akira Sato and Eikoh Hosoe, all of whom take great pride in their darkroom skills which will be plainly evident from their peerless prints.

  • Masahisa Fukase New Book | Sasuke

    Published by Atelier EXB July 20, 2021

    Following the survey monograph, this publication is dedicated to Masahisa Fukase’s emblematic series on his two cats: Sasuke and Momoe, combining unpublished and iconic images. In 1977, Fukase turned his lenses on his new companion Sasuke. Growing up with felines, he decides with the arrival of this new cat in his life that it would become a photographic subject in his own right, fascinated by this creature full of life named after a legendary ninja. Sasuke disappears after ten days and the photographer sticks hundreds of small posters (as featured on the cover of the book) in his neighborhood. A person brings back his cat, yet it is not Sasuke but never mind he welcomes this new cat with as much affection. One year later, he takes a second cat named Momoe, entering the frame as well and he will never get tired of photographing their games. They become for the Japanese photographer a boundless experimental field leading to an extraordinary body of work in its technical and visual inventiveness.


    As often in his work, this series shows a form of projection of the photographer into his subject. The cat, a faithful companion who never leaves him, takes the place of his wife, eternal heartache, later represented by the iconic fleeing crows.


    His cats have been the subject of several books in his lifetime and Tomo Kosuga has dug into the photographer’s archives to conceive this ultimate book as the achievement of a series of publications devoted to his cats.



  • Winter Newsletter 19'

    Artist news & a look ahead to next years' programme of art fairs & exhibitions December 2, 2019

    As we come to the end of 2019 and look back on a very busy year, it is clear that photography continues to provide an extraordinary view of the world. We are very fortunate to work with so many talented and  wonderful artists who each entrust us with their work. Every one of our shows and events have been a pleasure to work on and we so appreciate all the support we have enjoyed from you, our clients and friends.

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  • Winter Newsletter 19'

    Highlights and news from our artists and team in Paris and Japan. November 7, 2019

    Our solo exhibition at the gallery in London, Tim Walker: Wonderful Peoplecontinues alongside the artist's major solo exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Wonderful Things. At Paris Photo we are showing an installation of new releases by Tim Walker, alongside works by Japanese post-war masters including Masahisa Fukase, Ishiuchi Miyako, Kikuji Kawada and Shomei Tomatsu, amongst others. We are also working in Japan, sourcing materials for our 2020 exhibition program as well as meeting artists and colleagues.

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  • Summer Newsletter 19'

    A look ahead at Michael Hoppen Gallery's programme August 27, 2019

    The world of photography continues its march with even more images being uploaded, printed, emailed and looked at than ever before. Whilst this huge quantity of imagery vies for our attention on the many platforms we are now expected to look at daily, it is the true artists amongst us that win our undivided attention every time. Whether it is the visceral and extraordinary work that Paolo Pellegrin continues to make, or the highly creative exuberance that comes from the wonderful Tim Walker, it is clear that it is still photography which remains perfectly placed to react, record and embed images in our in our 21st century techno-culture.


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  • Masahisa Fukase

    Photo London: Featured Artist May 14, 2019

    Michael Hoppen Gallery will be exhibiting work from two series by Masahisa Fukase this year, Private Scenes & Sasuke.


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    Financial Times Article July 11, 2017

    The life and work of Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase

    As the first European retrospective of his work opens later this month, Claire Holland considers his themes and influences.

    JULY 7, 2017 by Claire Holland

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    Recontres d'Arles retrospective: The Incurable Egoist July 3, 2017

    This years Recontres d'Arles sees a major retrospective of legendary Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase. 




    10:00am - 19:30pm

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  • Ravens by Masahisa Fukase

    Panel discussion at The Courtauld Institute of Art May 5, 2017

    Thursday 18th May, 5:30pm

    Admission is on a first come first serve basis so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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    Sainsbury Centre exhibition January 4, 2017

    This exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi ArakiEikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

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  • Contemporary Japanese Photography Seminar

    DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation May 3, 2016

    The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce this event in association with Photo London. Simon Baker, Curator, International Art (Photography), Tate, and Michael Hoppen, Owner and Founder of Michael Hoppen Gallery, will discuss the photographic creativity and innovation emerging from contemporary Japanese photo artists.

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    Armory Art Fair, New York - Featured artist March 1, 2016

    Masahisa Fukase was born in the Nakagawa District, Hokkaido, Japan in 1934.  He is renowned for his obsessive, intense and deeply introspective photographs with which he attempted to describe his passionate and sometimes violent life. Perhaps the most widely recognized of his projects is his series The Solitude of Ravens (currently  on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery).

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  • Masahisa Fukase: Solitude of Ravens

    A round up of important press February 25, 2016

    Masahisa Fukase's masterful series 'Solitude of Ravens has gone on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, until the 23rd April.


    Here we look at what people have been saying about this incredible exhibition and highlight some of the key press articles. 

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  • MHG Newsletter

    Michael looks ahead to an exciting year for the gallery February 23, 2016

    We have been busy in Japan again and have some wonderful new work to show to you in London this year.
    We are so proud to be able to bring Solitude of Ravens to our gallery. It has been a quest of mine for the past six years to exhibit this body of work.  And now finally it is hanging in our gallery and hope you will make the journey and come to see it.

    We have found that many more museums across Europe and America are also enjoying the fruits of Japanese photographers and our belief is still that it is not only some of the most interesting work to look at and collect, but it is of such quality and so beautifully produced, it still amazes us as to why it has taken so long to be embraced.

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  • Perfoming for the Camera

    Exhibition at Tate Modern, London February 17, 2016

    This exciting new photography show opens this week in London and runs until 12 June, 2016. 


    Michael Hoppen Gallery artists who are represented in the exhibition are:


    Masahisa Fukase - 'Bukubuku' (Bubbling) series

    Eikoh Hosoe

    Minoru Hirata - 'Dropping' series

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  • Performing for the Camera

    Masahisa Fukase's 'Bukubuku' to go on display at the Tate Modern January 27, 2016


    Masahisa Fukase’s unique series Bukubuku will be part of Tate Modern’s new exhibition ‘Performing for the Camera’.


    Serious performance art, portraiture, or just simply posing for the camera? What does is it mean to perform for the camera? 


    From marketing and self-promotion, to the investigation of gender and identity, to experiments with the self-portrait, Performing for the Camera brings together over 500 images shown in series, including vintage prints, large scale works, marketing posters and artists working with Instagram. It is a wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.



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  • Japanese Photography: The Birth of a Market

    Michael Hoppen talks to Blouin Art Info December 16, 2015

    Western collectors’ newfound curiosity about the Provoke artists follows a concerted campaign by a handful of players that demonstrates both how changing tastes alter markets, and how markets can change tastes. 


    [article written by Noelle Bodick]

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  • Masahisa Fukase


    Masahisa Fukase's remarkable set of prints on display at our stand at Paris Photo, Bukubuku (Bubbling), are the last series Fukase completed and exhibited before the debilitating fall which left him in a coma for 20 years and later cost him his life.  The series is made up of 79 self-portraits made in the bathtub with a waterproof camera and was last shown at “Shikei (Private View) ‘92’” (February 1992), with the prints pinned to the wall in an installation minded trilogy along with Berobero (Sucking) and Hibi (Fractures).  Regarded as Fukase’s last great work, Bukubuku has been described as ‘a whimsical if somewhat morbid game of solitaire that charts new territory for the photographic self-portrait,’ a visualisation of madness and death.

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