ILLUMINATING SEMINAL 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY
This limited-edition print portfolio box features the photography of Provoke, the legendary experimental magazine founded in Tokyo in 1968. The Provoke photographers pushed the medium to new limits, exploring the relationship between image and language, and probing photography’s potential to radically alter human consciousness.
The Provoke portfolio box includes the work of Miyako Ishiuchi, Kazuo Kitai, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira, Yutaka Takanashi, and Hitomi Watanabe. Each box contains a set of 6 loosely bound volumes of photographs and a volume of letterpress-printed English-language essays by Simon Baker and John Dower. Each volume of prints includes 12 images by a single photographer, for a total of 72 8x10-inch photographs. Prints are produced using the extremely rare historic collotype process, commercially available exclusively from the Benrido Collotype Atelier in Kyoto, Japan. All 7 volumes are housed in a wooden box which is available in a variety of custom finishes.
This is the first in a series of collectible portfolio boxes from the Benrido Collotype Atelier. Each portfolio will highlight a particular theme or artistic movement in twentieth-century Japanese photography. New portfolios in the series will be published every 6 months.
Volume One: The Provoke Generation - Rebels in a Turbulent Time
Featuring in-depth articles, book reviews, and artist interviews, the inaugural issue, “Provoke Generation: Japanese Photography ‘60 - ’70s” shines a light on a turbulent moment in history as photographers began to break away from tradition and experiment with new forms of artistic expression.