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Mémoires 1984 – 1987
Seiichi Furuya

Mémoires 1984 - 1987, Seiichi FuruyaMémoires 1984 – 1987
Seiichi Furuya
Camera Austria


352 pages
200 x 245 cm
ISBN 9783900508807



Since 1989 Seiichi Furuya has published five books under the title “Mémoires”, dedicated to the memory of his wife. Photographs from the time in East Germany are the main feature of this book, with which Furuya concludes his “Mémoires”. Einar Schleef wrote a piece entitled “Schwarz Rot Gold” (Black Red Gold) on Seiichi Furuya’s photographs in 1996/97.


About the Artist
Seiichi Furuya was born in Izu, Japan, in 1950. After graduating from 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. The couple married in May of the same year in Seiichi’s hometown Izu . 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. At 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.

About the Publisher
Camera Austria International has given its readers insights into important debates on the role of photography as a medium and practice of contemporary art and presents outstanding artists who have made extraordinary contributions to the constant development of the medium.

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