Masahisa Fukase was born in 1934 in Hokkaido, Japan. In 1956, he graduated from Nihon University in Tokyo with a BA degree in Photography, and started to work for Dai-Ichi Advertising Company as a commercial photographer, but continued to pursue his artistic career. In 1961, his first solo exhibition "Buta wo Kurose" (Kill the Pigs) was held at Ginza A.G. in Tokyo. In 1974, Fukase established a photography school called The Workshop with Shomei Tomatsu, Eiko Hosoe, Noriaki Yokosuka, Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki. The same year, his work was included in the exhibition "New Japanese Photography" at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1976, Fukase and his wife Yoko divorced and he returned to his hometown in Hokkaido. During this dark time, Fukase became obsessed with ravens, the harbingers of darkness and danger in Japanese mythology, and pursued the subject until he plunged into coma in 1992. The Solitude of Ravens, first published in 1986, remains his most powerful work.
Masahisa Fukase is featured in Sanbusaku 1 三部作