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. First Edition. Softcover with photo pictorial wraps, dust jacket, and original glassine. 340pp., 5.75 x 8 inches

Near Fine. Remarkably well preserved, showing only extremely minor edge wear. Small bump to the upper left corner of 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.

Provoke was founded by Taki Koji and Takuma Nakahira in late 1968, with Daido Moriyama joining the group for their second issue. In August 1969, however, after only three issues, the magazine ceased publication. 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.

Features 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. Extremely scarce.