araki slingshot

“Photography is about a single point of a moment. It’s like stopping time. As everything gets condensed in that forced instant. But if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life.” – Nobuyoshi Araki

An emotional state

In 1968, a magazine with the programmatic title Provoke was published in Tokyo by the photographer and writer Takuma Nakahira, the art critic Koji Taki and other members. Investigating the relation between photography and text, the magazine was an artistic and philosophical manifesto, responding to the upheavals of the late sixties. The participating photographers, among them Daido Moriyama (who joined Provoke with the second issue) searched for a radical photographic language.
Practically unknown in the West, Provoke magazine is now recognized as a turning point in post-war Japanese photography. It significantly influenced many young photographers of the time. Nobuyoshi Araki later recalled that "I was jealous of Provoke, especially Moriyama's nudes in the second issue. (...) I wanted to join them but I wasn't allowed (...) So I worked alone." Provoke's radical quest to break with established forms of photography can be traced through the subsequent history of Japanese photography.

This Flickr group is a tribute to the singular style of Post WWII Japanese photography.

3 thoughts on “PROVOKE

Comments are closed.