Provoke 4 & 5

Takuma Nakahira


(Original Title: Mazu tashikarashisa no sekai o sutero (First Abandon the World of Pseudo-Certainty) [Provoke 4 & 5])

Tabata Shoten, Tokyo, 1970. 8vo. 340 pp. Photo pictorial wraps with dust jacket and original glassine. Prokove was founded by Taki Koji and Takuma Nakahira in late 1968 (Daido Moriyama joined the group for their second issue). In August 1969, the magazine ceased publication after only three issues. Provoke 4 & 5, published a year after the dissolution of the group, represents their final statement and contains five portfolios, Provoke 1-5, and six texts, Predict 1-6. Photographs by Daido Moriyama, Yutaka Takanashi, Takuma Nakahira and Taki Koji. Texts by Michie Amano, Takehiko Okada, Yutaka Takanashi and Taki Koji. Cited in "The Open Book" by Philip Roth, "The Photobook: A History" by Parr & Badger, "The History of Japanese Photography" by Kotaro Iizawo, and "Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s" by Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian. Dust Jacket and original glassine are in Near Fine condition and remarkably well preserved, showing only extremely minor edge wear. There is a small bump to the upper left corner of the front panel, which has a very slight effect on the first few pages. Interior is otherwise crisp and square, pages are unmarked although there is moderate foxing along the upper page block and fore-edge. Extremely scarce.