Provoke No. 3 , 1969
Editor’s note by Koji Taki:
"The photographs by the four photographers shown here are very different, and they share nothing, methodologically speaking. On the contrary, they clearly conflict. Nevertheless, we generally agree about what photography can represent between the world and ourselves. We have no illusions on this point. We do not expect that photography can go much further, and yet we are aware that there are layers of the raw meaning of the world which only photography can show. These layers of raw meaning are not available to methods of science, research, or aesthetics, and they include the taste of the world surrounding us and all that we cannot perceive with our senses."
by Daido Moriyama in Provoke No. 2, 1969
I think I already posted this quote by Araki before, but I find it to be so amusing and typical of Araki: “I was jealous of Provoke, especially Moriyama’s nudes in the second issue. I wanted to join them but I wasn’t allowed…So I worked alone.”
Provoke No. 2, 1969
The original members of Provoke (Koji Taki, Takuma Nakahira, Takahiko Okada, and Yutaka Takanashi) were joined by Daido Moriyama for the second issue.
(sorry about my fingers…I had to flatten down the pages)
Izima Kaoru is a Japanese photographer currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1993 he has been photographing actresses and models in staged fantasies of their perfect death. He has each woman choose the designer clothes they want to be wearing when they die. The end results are these breathtaking scenes, where the very things that are disturbing are the same that make the photos so gripping.