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22 x 17.2 cm
26 colors, 88 duotones
Seiichi Furuya, Mémoires 1995
Text: Urs Stahel, Toshiharu Ito
This little book, in all its tragedy, poignance and pain, doubles as salutary reminder of photography's role of mirror to familiar memory as well as tool of investigation of the unknown. Seiichi Furuya left his homeland in 1973, striking out through pre-Perestroika Siberia to the heart of the legendary West where he settled rarely to return to his hometown of Nishi-Izu. Settling in Vienna, he married, made photographs about Austria's borders with the glowering Soviet Empire and its satellites, others about the phenomenon of borders, then crossed a few himself to take up a job in East Germany. Furuyas's habit is to photograph in response to change and pain, then shelve the results for showing years later. Here time is also the healer, as the book is woven through with the thread of his fatal marriage with a depressive Austrian woman who later jumped to her death from an East Berlin apartment window.
© Karl-Peter Gottschalk, 1997