Katsuji FUKUDA

Born 1899 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Fukuda moved to Tokyo in 1919 to work at Takachiho Seisakusho (now: Olympus Corporation). Following the Great Kanto Earthquake, he moved to Osaka. In 1926, he won the Ilford Diamond Prize at the "First Japanese Photography Art Exhibition." The following year, his attempt to establish a photography museum in Sakai (Osaka) failed, but Fukuda continued to take photography such as still life and compositions under the influence of Bauhaus aesthetics. His series "Camera Diagnostics" (published in "Asahi Camera", 1936) was well-received, and Fukuda thus compiled "How to Photograph Women," and other instructional books on photography. After the war, he focused on nudes, publishing "Shell of Light" (Hikari no kaigara) in 1949.

While realism became the dominant current in photography, Fukuda never gave up on his own, unique approach. In 1955, he received funding from the Canon Photo Competition to travel to Italy, and published his photographs from Italy in the next year. Books on Kyoto, Ginza and Sumidagawa followed. Since the late 1950s, Fukuda also engaged in experimental photography. In 1970, his solo exhibition "Flowers and Nudes: Fukuda Katsuji Exhibition" was held at Takashimaya Department Store in Nihonbashi (Tokyo). Fukuda passed away in 1991, aged 92. His works are held at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Kawasaki City Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art and others.

 


"Nude (Shell of Light)"

1949
Gelatin Silver Print
33.3×40.2cm
Signed

"A Little Window to the Heart (Yasuko Fukuda)"

1949
Gelatin Silver Print
36.4×27.0cm
Signed
SOLD

"Still Life"

1952
Gelatin Silver Print
40.5×32.0cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 


"Italian Journey: Pompeii"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.2×21.0cm
Signed on the back by a family member
SOLD

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
24.5×19.0cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
19.0×24.4cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 


"Italian Journey: Close to Rome Airport"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.0×21.0cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Pompeii"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.7×21.5cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Pompeii"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.7×21.3cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 


"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.7×21.3cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.7×21.4cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.2×21.4cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 


"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1955
Gelatin Silver Print
14.2×23.8cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1956
Gelatin Silver Print
14.5×21.5cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1957
Gelatin Silver Print
14.1×21.6cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 


"Italian Journey: Pompeii"

1958
Gelatin Silver Print
14.6×21.4cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1959
Gelatin Silver Print
14.7×21.3cm
Signed on the back by a family member

"Italian Journey: Ostia"

1959
Gelatin Silver Print
14.6×21.5cm
Signed on the back by a family member

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2012
No. 213    Beauty of Silver Photography III: Beauty of Nudes    01/27 - 02/04


2011
Web Exhibition: Katsuji Fukuda    07/16 - 08/31
No. 197    An Aloof Modernist: Katsuji Fukuda Exhibition    01/15-01/29