屑 Slaughter
Masahisa Fukase
(深瀬昌久)

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One day in the summer of 1963, Masahisa Fukase, thirty years old at the time, visited a slaughterhouse in Shibaura, near Tokyo Port, accompanied by a woman. Her name was Yoko, whom Fukase met through an acquaintance who introduced her to him, saying, “Here is an interesting girl.” Having just moved to Tokyo from Kanazawa, Yoko, wearing a cloak, posed for Fukase in various ways as directed by the photographer, sitting beside strangely shaped metal tools that gleamed darkly with the blood and grease from killed animals. Since this occasion, Fukase became involved with photographing Yoko, which led to the publication of the book, Yoko (Asahi Sonorama: 1978). Still today, Yoko is regarded as an acclaimed work of Fukase who continued to focus through his lens on Yoko, as his model, as a woman, and as his wife.

These photographs shot in the slaughterhouse have been largely unknown since they have been published only partially. A dozen or so were published in the form of a chapter titled “To” [Slaughter] in his book, Yugi [Homo Ludence] (Chuo-Koronsha: 1971), and only several in Yoko. This book, Slaughter, thus represents a precious collection of photographs that enables us to see the entire series taken there in that particular session for the first time after half a century has passed. Slaughter exquisitely reproduces Fukase’s vintage prints following the advice of Yoko, who shared with us, on behalf of her deceased ex-husband Masahisa Fukase, her memories of the time the photographs were taken.

 

w21.6 x h28 cm
32 Pages
19 Images(b/w)
Softcover
Doubletone Offset / Fullcolor Offset(cover)
Limited edition of 750
(choice between 5 different front cover,each books are limited of 150 copies)
Published in 2015
ISBN 978-4-905052-81-4

 

1963年の夏。当時30歳の深瀬昌久は一人の女性を伴い、芝浦の屠殺場を訪れた。「おもしろい子がいるよ」という知人の紹介で知り合った彼女は、名を洋子といった。金沢より上京したばかりの洋子は、深瀬の望むままに、黒いマントに身を包み、屠(ほふ)られた動物たちの血と脂で黒光りのする、奇妙な形の金具のかたわらで様々なポーズを繰り広げた。これをきっかけに深瀬と洋子のフォトセッションはいよいよ燃え上がり、それから15年後の1978年には写真集『洋子』が編まれる。これは一人のモデル、一人の女性、一人の妻として洋子をレンズの先に見つめ続けた深瀬の代表作のひとつとして、今なお高い評価を得ている。

屠殺場で写した洋子の写真は、1971年に中央公論社より発刊された深瀬昌久の写真集『遊戯』に『屠』という章として十数枚が、そして1978年に朝日ソノラマより発刊された写真集『洋子』に僅か数枚が掲載されたのみで、長らく全貌は謎に包まれていた。この作品の全体像を見渡すという意味において、本書『屠』は実に半世紀の時を経て、初めて一冊にまとめられた貴重なものである。深瀬昌久が自ら焼いたビンテージプリントを忠実に再現しながら、今は亡き当人に代わって当時を記憶する洋子の助言を得ながら構成された。

 

w21.6 x h28 cm
32 ページ
19 イメージ(白黒)
並製本
白黒オフセット印刷(本文) / カラーオフセット印刷(表紙)
限定750部(表紙は5種類、各限定150部)
Published in 2015
ISBN 978-4-905052-81-4