Katsuji Fukuda

« Fukuda Katsuji was born in 1899. Except for a few years after the Great Kanto Earthquake when he was trying to establish his career in places such as Nakanoseki, Sakai, Hiroshima and Osaka, Fukuda spent his long life working in Tokyo.

After returning to Tokyo for good in 1933, Fukuda had a successful career in advertising photography, specializing in still lifes and nudes with modernist influences, as well as authoring practical books on photography. A series of photographs in Asahi Camera in 1936 featuring portraits of Setsuko Hara and Takako Irie were very popular and led to his first photobooks of women.

After the war Fukuda was one of the first prominent photographers to experiment with color and continued to publish collections of nude studies and books on technique. However his emphasis on the aesthetics of beauty made his work seem old-fashioned during the postwar wave of realism led by Ken Domon and the trends that followed. In 1974 he was not among the 100 living photographers profiled by Camera Mainichi.

However, in 1979 his contribution to the famed Sonorama Shashin Sensho, « Psalm » led to reassessments of his contributions. In the afterword of Psalm, Akira Hasegawa pointed out that « …there are no photographers of women in Japan even today who have not been influenced by Fukuda in one way or another. Many techniques commonly used today were developed by Fukuda, a fact which has been forgotten. »

Fukuda continued working in his old age, long enough to see the increasing estimations of his work that has continued to this day. Now he is often anthologized in collections of Modernist and mid-century works. » text From the catalogue A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Lapetitemelancolie6 janvier 2013,  les articles avec la date sont sauvegardés sur archives.orgKatsuji Fukuda -Shell of Light, 1949 From the catalogue A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda -Shell of Light, 1949 From the catalogue A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda -Shell of Light, 1949 From the catalogue A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda -Shell of Light, 1949

Katsuji Fukuda –Shell of Light, 1949 ( detail)

Katsuji Fukuda - Untitled Nude,1951

Katsuji Fukuda – Untitled Nude,1951 From the catalogue A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- nude , 1946 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- nude , 1946 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1951. A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1951. A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1956 from A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1956 from A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Untitled,1948 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Untitled,1948 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- nude with flower, 1946 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- nude with flower, 1946 From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1951. A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- Nude, 1951. A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- 3 nude From A Solitary Modernist Photographer Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

Katsuji Fukuda- 3 nudes From « A Solitary Modernist Photographer » Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition catalogue. Japan Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 1994

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Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Katsuji Fukuda nude from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Fukuda Katsuku - untitled from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 19473

Fukuda Katsuku – untitled from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Fukuda Katsuku - untitled from the book Hana to Rafu to - Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

Fukuda Katsuku – untitled from the book Hana to Rafu to – Nude et Fleur Japan, Ivuningusuta-sha (Evening Star Sha), 1947

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Katsuji Fukuda-Onna no utsushikata -, 1937 from the book Photokunst von Frauen) - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS,

Katsuji Fukuda-Onna no utsushikata -, 1937 from the book  – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda-portrait-, 1937 from the book How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda-portrait-, 1937 from the book How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda-portrait cover , 1937 from the book Photokunst von Frauen – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda- portrait cover , 1937 from the book Photokunst von Frauen – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku 1937 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku 1937 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1937 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1937 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda-Gheisha , 1937 from the book How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Katsuji Fukuda-Gheisha , 1937 from the book How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1937 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1937 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

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Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS 7

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku -Portrait from 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

Fukuda Katsuku - 1939 from the book - How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS 8

Fukuda Katsuku – 1939 from the book – How to Photograph Women. Japan ARS

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