Takuma Nakahira, Daido Moriyama, Koji Taki, Yutaka Takanashi, PROVOKE 2 – Provocative Materials for Thought, 1969

Cover with Obi band, back and front

 

This is the second volume published by the legendary Japanese Provoke group and the first to include Daido Moriyama. It is larger in format to the premiere issue, and came with the yellow belly-band (obi) shown above. The theme of this issue is Eros, as advertised on the obi.

The text section opens with a poem by William Blake:

Abstinence sows sand all over
The ruddy limbs & flaming hair
But Desire Gratified
Plants fruits of life & beauty there.

The photographs are printed on coated paper, with a slightly blueish-grey matt paper used for the text pages. The blurry photographs of Takuma Nakahira open the image section of this rather slim volume. Some of these photographs are also included in his book For a Language to Come published the following year. Daido Moriyama’s erotic series comes next, followed by the lighter images of Koji Taki, which in turn lead to the photographs of Yutaka Takanashi (best known for his conceptional book TOWARDS THE CITY (TOSHI HE), published in 1974). The moods range once again from a ‘classical’ style of photography to the more voracious and vociferous attitude of this young generation.

Photographs by Yutaka Takanashi, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira and Koji Taki.
Texts by Okada
Poem by William Blake

Published by Provoke-sha (self-published), Tokyo, 10th March 1969 in an edition of app. 500 copies.

Soft cover with belly-band (obi)

18.0 x 24.3cm

108 pages

Title page

Title page

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

Photography by Takuma Nakahira

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 Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

Photography by Yutaka Takanashi

 

 


 

 

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Review of PROVOKE 2 in The Photo Image 1, 1969

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The Photo Image 1, 1969, cover

 

 

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