Provoke: Complete Reprint, 3 Volumes
Publisher: Nitesha, Japan
Format: 3 softcovers, facsimile. Accompanied by an English translation.
First published in November 1968 as a dojin-shi, or self-published magazine. Provoke was conceived by art critic Koji Taki (1928-2011) and photographer Takuma Nakahira (1938-2015), with poet Takahiko Okada (1939-1997) and photographer Yutaka Takanashi as dojin members. The subtitle for the magazine was “Provocative Materials for Thought”, and each issue was composed of photographs, essays and poems.
After releasing the second and third issue with Daido Moriyama as a subsequent member, the group broke up. Their last publication was called "First, Abandon the World of Pseudo-Certainty" which was an overview edition of the three issues.
Provoke’s grainy, blurry, and out-of-focus photographs were initially ridiculed as are-bure-boke. It stirred a great deal of controversy, having a strong impact inside and outside of the photography world during that time.
Long out of print and extremely scarce, this facsimile makes the classic Japanese title available once more.