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Provoke: Shiso no tame no chohatsuteki shiryo (Provocative Resources for Thought) / Provoke, vols.1-3

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  • Title (object)

    • Provoke: Shiso no tame no chohatsuteki shiryo (Provocative Resources for Thought)

    Title (series)

    • Provoke, vols.1-3
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. 3 volumes.

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  • Date

    • 1968-1969
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  • Curator's comments

    In 1968 Nakahira Takuma along with a select group of other photographers, artists and writers published a magazine entitled 'Provoke'. Responding to the social and cultural upheavals of the late sixties and early seventies, the participating photographers searched for a radically new photographic language. "Visual images cannot represent the totality of an idea, nor are they interchangeable like words," exclaimed the manifesto in the first issue of the magazine. "However, their irreversible materiality - reality cut out by the camera - belongs to the reverse side of the world of language." The name stands for the radical agenda: This magazine pooled the sources of Japan's most progressive photographers, Moriyama Daido joining from the second issue onwards. Very much an icon of the late 60s the images (and the text) explicitly stood against the photographic establishment. "Let's first throw away the world of Pseudo-Certainties" is regarded as the forth and final volume of "Provoke" magazine. It was separately published and represents a summing up of the photographic stance taken by the Provoke group. The book alternates between text headed "Predict", and a section of photographic plates entitled "Provoke". Everything hinged on the question of 'reality'. Moriyama was intrigued by the idea of taking photographs of photographs, a detail in an advertisement, for example. What is the level of reality in such an image? It was assumed that through intense questioning one could arrive at a different and ultimately deeper understanding of 'reality'. Only one set in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Exhibition history


    2008 Jun-Oct 10, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Oct-2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.172 (Photobook number)

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