Diane Dufour & Matthew Witkovsky / Steidl & LE BAL / softcover, 2016
To coincide with the exhibition, LE BAL and Steidl co-publish Provoke – Between Protest and Performance.
The book retraces the history of the short-lived—but cult—avant-garde Japanese photography magazine Provoke. It reproduces the complete photographic works and critical writings showcased in the three issues by its members Taki Kōji, Okada Takahiko, Nakahira Takuma, Takanashi Yutaka, and Moriyama Daidō.
Positioning Provoke within a socio-historical context of major political upheaval, the book analyzes the influence and legacy of this powerful group that broke the boundaries between protest, photography and the performative arts in Japan.
The book features full reprints of the three Provoke issues, students' “Protest books”, important theoretical texts of the period translated from Japanese for the first time, works from major performative artists/groups and interviews with Moriyama Daidō, Araki Nobuyoshi, and Hosoe Eikō, as well as previously unpublished critical and curatorial essays.
Between Protest and Performance
Photography in Japan 1960-1975
Edited by Diane Dufour and Matthew Witkovsky
with Duncan Forbes and Walter Moser
Co-published with Steidl