The Provoke Postscript: Takanashi and Toward the City

The last and perhaps the most lavish of the Provoke-era photobooks, Yutaka Takanashi’s Toshi-e (Towards the City), was published in 1974. By that time, Japan was a very different place than it had been a half-decade prior when the Provoke…

Yokosuka Storytelling An Interview with Miyako Ishiuchi

Though part of the Provoke generation, Miyako Ishiuchi nevertheless stood alone as a unique talent: one of the few female voices in 1960s and ‘70s Japanese photography, Ishiuchi brought to her work a deep examination of life in Japan following…

Provoke: The Authoritative Volume

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance—Photography in Japan 1960/1975. Edited by Diane Dufour and Matthew Witkovsky. Göttingen: Steidl Verlag, 2016. Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, shown at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Winterthur,…

On the Materiality of the Japanese Photobook

“Being surprised is important for human beings.” — Kohei Sugiura In this era of neoliberal capitalism, with its creeping belief that everything is reducible to its exchange value and therefore that nothing is sacred (which is just another way of…

Two Weeks in Tokyo: For a Language (Probably Never) to Come

In an essay on the American photographer William Klein, Takuma Nakahira attempts to explain the power of Klein’s influential photobook New York. Klein’s photography rejects the “static gaze,” a way of seeing that essentially seeks visual evidence to support what…