Erimo Cape, 1976 © Masahisa Fukase Archives
The work was created between 1976 and 1982 following Fukase's divorce, and it is perhaps that little fact that can change how you read these images. They are dark and mysterious, yet this is a personal statement of loss.
Akira Hasegawa wrote the afterword to the book of the work and captures this well.
"In the case of Masahisa Fukase, the subject of his gaze became the raven. For him, the 'raven' was both a tangible creature and a fitting symbol of his own solitude."
Kanazawa, 1978 © Masahisa Fukase Archives
Technically they are far from perfect, but that, too, adds to the feeling of honesty: Fukase's desire to visualise his internal thoughts and feelings.
The pictures work as single frames but together they show what can be achieved by an artist with a camera, and though widely seen before are well worth another look.
Fukase was born in 1934 in Bifuka, Japan, and the defeat of his country during World War Two is said to have shaped much of his work, and indeed that of others with whom he collaborated. He set up a photographic school, The Workshop, with Daido Moriyma and Shomei Tomatsu in the 1970s.
Masahisa Fukase died in 2012 having been incapacitated by a fall that left him in a coma 20 years earlier.
Prints of the work from the private collection of Masahisa Fukase are on show at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery from 23 February to 23 April 2016.
Nayoro, 1976 © Masahisa Fukase Archives
Untitled, 1976-1985 © Masahisa Fukase Archives
All images are Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery.