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Masahisa Fukase, Another Language exhibition

Masahisa Fukase: the man who photographed nothing but his wife

The Japanese photographer focused obsessively on his wife and muse Yoko from the day they met till the day she left. Then he switched to ravens – and created the best photobook of the last 25 years

Ravens: Ravens by Masahisha Fukase

Flying solo: Ravens by photographer Masahisa Fukase

Credit: Masahisa Fukase Erimo Cape five years after the photobook was published, Fukase fell down a.

“If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall & Britain with it.” According to legend, when Charles II (1660-1685) established the Royal Observatory at the Tower of London the Royal Astronomer John Flamsteed, complained the birds interfered with his celestial observations. Charles ordered their demise – only to be given the infamous warning by an obscure soothsayer.  Consequently, Charles II decreed that at least six ravens be kept at the Tower at all times.

Ravens, Tower of London. The presence of the ravens is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower; a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.

Ravens can imagine being spied on, a level of paranoia once thought unique to humans

Add this to logic puzzles, human speech repetition and nonvocal signals as things ravens can do