Sasuke! My Dear Cat - Masahisa Fukase
Sasuke! My Dear Cat.
First edition. Square 8vo. 127pp b&w photobook in printed wrappers with glossy colour dust jacket. Tokyo: Seinen Shokan, 1978.
A near fine copy.
Masahisa Fukase's exceptionally cute and tender portrait of his cat companion the beloved Sasuke. After a break up with his wife Yoko in 1977, Fukase was given a kitten. The little cat was named Sasuke after a famous ninja because of its crazy bouncing nature. Fukase comments “After my 40 years on earth, a cat has always hung around me like a shadow.” Sasuke accompanied Fukase constantly on trips and the photographer titles his sections House, Town, Sea and Mountain showing the cat inquisitively exploring these locations with his master. Fukase's cat would become the result of two subsequent photo books Viva! Sasuke (1978) and The Straw-hat Cat (1979).
Sasuke! My Dear Cat is a scarce and beautifully designed publication that examines its feline subject with a sharply curious and experimental eye, photographing at unexpected angles and frequently in movement.