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Masahasi Fukase is a world-famous photographer born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1934. He studied in Nihon University, and won several awards for his phenomenal images and photo books. In 1977, he was given the 2nd Nobuo Ina Prize. In 1992, he was handed the 8th Higashikawa Special Prize.
At 26 years old, Fukase showed the world his talent photography with his first solo exhibit “Sky over an Oil Refinery,” which was showcased in the Konishiroku Gallery in Tokyo. It was followed by a handful of local and international solo exhibits, the most notable being “Ravens,” which were shown in the 1988 Israel Biennial, and “The Solitude of Ravens,” shown 11 years later at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.
Fukase also joined international group exhibits, such as “Neue Fotografie aus Japan,” which was shown from 1976-1977 in Vienna, Austria. In 1979, his works were featured in “Japan: a self-portrait,” which was shown at New York’s International Center of Photography in. In 1986, his images were included in the group show “Black Sun: The Eyes of Four,” which were showcased in the Museum of Modern Art in England and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the US.
With so many international exhibits in his name, Fukase is considered an icon in the world of photography.