Paperback, 680 pages
Publisher: Steidl (May 2016)
Selected by Gerhard Steidl
Provoke, says Gerhard Steidl, “was a short-lived magazine of the late 1960s and early 1970s that embodied one of the most radical periods in the history of Japanese photography”. Although itonly survived for three issues, its vision of how photographs should promote ideas and language opened up entirely new perspectives in Japanese photography. As its title and subtitle – “provocative materials for thought” – suggest, the magazine’s ultimate aim was to force a response.
Taki Kōji, photograph from Provoke 3, 1969. Photograph © Taki Yōsuke