Yutaka Takanashi, Koji Taki, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira, PROVOKE 3 – Provocative Materials for Thought, 1969

Cover back and front

 

This is the third volume published by the legendary Japanese Provoke group. It is similar in size to issue two, but came with a fold-out cover, as seen below. Of all the Provoke issues, this is my personal favourite. Thicker than numbers 1 & 2, it was printed entirely on matt paper. This lends a certain Warhol-like feel to the images. Especially to the supermarket photographs of Daido Moriyama. The images occupy the main part of the book, with just a few pages of text at the beginning and the end. This gives adequate space to the images, by Yutaka Takanashi, Koji Taki, Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira. The image section opens with Takanashi (who included some of these images in his renowned 1974 publication TOWARDS THE CITY ). His work is followed by the haunting close-up portraits of Koji Taki. Next comes Daido Moriyama’s supermarket series, which are also partly included in his masterpiece Shashin yo Sayonara – Bye bye Photography published in 1972.  The section ends with Takuma Nakahira’s blurry images, some of which can be found in his book For a Language to Come from 1970.

Photographs by Yutaka Takanashi, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira and Koji Taki.
Texts by Okada and Yoshimasu Gozo

Published by Provoke-sha (self-published), Tokyo, 10th August 1969 in an edition of app. 1000 copies.

Soft cover (with fold-out front cover)

18.4 x 23.9cm

112 pages including the fold-outs

Title page

Title page with fold-out cover

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Koji Taki

Photography by Koji Taki

Fold out's with photography by Koji Taki

Fold out’s with photography by Koji Taki

Photography by Daido Moriyama with his signature

Photography by Daido Moriyama with his signature

Photography by Daido Moriyama

Photography by Daido Moriyama

Photography by Daido Moriyama

Photography by Daido Moriyama

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

 

 

See these other PROVOKE – related publications:

Daido Moriyama, Japan; A photo theater, 1968

Provoke 1, 1968

Provoke 2, 1969

Provoke 3, 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, Throw Out Verisimilitude, 1970

Takuma Nakahira, For a Language to Come, 1970

Takuma Nakahira, For a Language to Come, 1970

Daido Moriyama, Bye bye photography, 1972

Daido Moriyama, Bye bye photography, 1972

Clamshell box front

Yutaka Takanashi, TOWARDS THE CITY (TOSHI HE), 1974

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guevara Shashinshu || Che (Che Guevara photo collection – ゲバラ写真集 || チェ), 1969