Friday, March 22, 2013

Seiichi Furuya

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 1998

Seiichi Furuya, east berlin 1986_3_1_x

Seiichi Furuya, east berlin 1987_5_1_x

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2005

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2005

Seiichi Furuya, Finnlaendische Strasse, East Berlin 1986

Seiichi Furuya, Arles 2000

Seiichi Furuya, Rattersdorf 1981

Seiichi Furuya, izu 1978_x

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2005

Seiichi Furuya, Donaustauf 1988

Seiichi Furuya, East Berlin 1987

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2005

Seiichi Furuya, Leibnitz 1983

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 1997

Seiichi Furuya, graz 1979_1_2_x

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2007

Seiichi Furuya, Deutsh Jahrndorf 1981

Seiichi Furuya, Mauthausen 2002

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 1992

Seiichi Furuya, Loiblpass 1983

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2007

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2009

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2008

Seiichi Furuya, Izu (Japan) 1978

Seiichi Furuya, Kaphenberg 1988

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 2007

Seiichi Furuya, Wien 1982

Seiichi Furuya, Graz 1998

Seiichi Furuya was born in Izu, Japan, in 1950. After graduating Tokyo Polytechnic University in 1973, he left the port of Yokohama to travel to Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He lived in Vienna until he moved to Graz in 1975. There he met Christine Gössler (born 1953) in February 1978. The couple married in May of the same year. Their son, Komyo Klaus, was born in 1981. In 1982, they moved to Vienna so that Christine could study drama. In 1984, Seiichi took a job as an interpreter and the family moved to Dresden, East Germany; and then in 1985, to East Berlin.

In late 1982, Christine began to exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia. In 1983, she entered a hospital in Graz for treatment; she was forced to give up her drama studies, and from that time on was in and out of hospital regularly. Shortly after noon on October 7th, 1985, the 36th anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic, Christine threw herself from a window on the 9th floor of the tenement building where the family lived. Seiichi continued to work as an interpreter in East Berlin until 1987. Afterwards he returned to Graz, where he has lived with his son, Komyo, to this day.

Since 1975, Furuya has had numerous exhibitions, both in Japan and overseas, at such venues as: Forum Stadtpark (Graz, Austria), Winterthur Museum (Switzerland), Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria), Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Mishima, Japan). He has published several photo books featuring Christine, starting with his Mémoires 1978-1988 (Camera Austria, 1989) and continuing with Mémoires 1995 (Scalo Books, 1995), Christine Furuya-Gössler, Mémoires 1978-1985(Korinsha Press, 1997), Portrait (Fotohof, 2000), Last Trip to Venice (self-published, 2002) Mémoires 1983 (Akaaka Art Publishing, 2006).

What’s more, he has been active in a wide range of projects: he was one of the founders and editors of the photography magazine,  Camera Austria, and has also curated exhibitions introducing Japanese photographers to Europe.


Ginny said...

This is amazing photography with such an interesting story behind the photographer. Thanks for sharing!

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Annabelle Archer said...

There's s real power in the simplicity, isn't there?

After reading the bio, I looked at then again and I really got it.

Thanks for this!

Elle Sees said...

i liked seeing the pics, forming opinions, reading the bio, and reviewing the pics...
it's time for my I Want a DrollGirl Original request ;)

Kitty Stampede said...

PERFECTION. almost. as in compared to your photography. :P

Very cool though. I love the different perspective of the flowers. big time. I wanna try that sometime.