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2018 marks the 50th year since Provoke had first been published.
Provoke was first published in November 1968 as a dojin-shi, or self-published magazine. It was originally conceived by art critic Koji Taki (1928-2011) and photographer Takuma Nakahira (1938-2015), with poet Takahiko Okada (1939-1997) and photographer Yutaka Takanashi as dojin members. The subtitle for the magazine was “Provocative Materials for Thought”, and each issue was composed of photographs, essays and poems. After releasing the second and third issue with Daido Moriyama as a subsequent member, the group broke up with their last publication First, Abandon the World of Pseudo-Certainty - an overview edition of the three issues. Provoke’s grainy, blurry, and out-of-focus photographs were initially ridiculed as are-bure-boke and stirred a great deal of controversy, yet it had created a strong impact inside and outside of the photography world during that time. However, today, Provoke has become an extremely rare book and very few people have seen the original.
Why does Provoke matter today?
Provoke has been attracting increasing attention in recent years, in and out of Japan. In 2016, an extensive photography exhibition entitled Provoke: Between Protest and Performance Photography in Japan, 1960-1975 opened first in Austria, then toured to Switzerland, France and the United States. Provoke has challenged existing photographic conventions and posed fundamental questions of visual perception, in the midst of the social and political upheaval during the late sixties. Now the world is gradually recognizing and re-examining its significance in a multitude of contexts.
How does NITESHA’s Provoke Complete Reprint differ from the one in The Japanese Box, released in 2001?
Published as part of The Japanese Box: Facsimile Reprint of Six Rare Photographic Publications of the Provoke Era*, Provoke's facsimile reprint has its photographic images cropped approximately 3 mm from the edges for bookbinding purposes. The reprint also does not include texts by Takahiko Okada due to copyright reasons. Provoke Complete Reprint by NITESHA maintains the original size of the images and includes all original texts, along with the ones by Takahiko Okada. In addition, the volumes will be accompanied by complete English and Chinese translations of the original Japanese texts as a booklet.
※The Japanese Box: Facsimile Reprint of Six Rare Photographic Publications of the Provoke Era is a reprint collection of Japanese photobooks published in late 1960s to early 70s in a custom-designed box, including Provoke 1, 2 and 3 as well as For A Language To Come by Takuma Nakahira, Sentimental Journey by Nobuyoshi Araki, and Farewell Photography by Daido Moriyama. The collection was co-published by German publisher Steidl and Edition 7L in 2001 and has been out of print.
《Provoke 挑釁》是由美術評論家多木浩二(1928-2011)和攝影家中平卓馬(1938-2015)策劃，邀請詩人岡田隆彦(1939-1997)和攝影家高梨豐以同人身分加入，於1968年11月創刊的攝影同人誌。該雜誌以「為了思想的挑釁式資料」為副標題，内容由影像、散文和詩歌構成。從第二期開始，攝影家森山大道加入，成為同人之一。雜誌一共發行了三期，最終於1970年3月結集出版了《先把正確的世界丟棄吧》之後，宣告解散。 粗顆粒、因盲拍而導致的不穩定構圖、失焦且不鮮明，這樣的影像被揶揄為「粗劣・搖晃・失焦」，評論毀譽參半，時而給那個時代帶來了超越攝影的深刻衝擊。然而，現在《Provoke 挑釁》卻成為極度難以入手的珍品，甚少有人能一探實物究竟。
近年來，《Provoke 挑釁》不斷引起海内外的高度關注。2016年，日本攝影史大型展覽「Provoke: Between Protest and Performance Photography in Japan, 1960-1975」從奧地利拉開序幕，並巡展至瑞士、法國、美國。此展以攝影同人誌《Provoke 挑釁》為切入點，在不同場合再次對日本的《Provoke 挑釁》及其周遭的動向如何在六〇年代末期那個全世界社會變革動態的顛峰時期，透過攝影手段，試圖對既有的影像表現抑或視覺本質陳述異議這種状況進行探討。
二手舍作為一間二手書店，因機縁巧合有幸獲得《Provoke 挑釁》全套。我們認為與其將之作為商品販售，不如應藉此機會將僅有少數藏家擁有的《Provoke 挑釁》製作進行復刻，盡可能地忠實於原版、以合理的價格使其再次流通於市場並推廣至大眾。
此次的復刻版與2001年發行的《THE JAPANESE BOX》(※) 中的《Provoke 挑釁》復刻版有何不同？
《THE JAPANESE BOX》内的《Provoke 挑釁》復刻版是基於原版複製而成的。然而，内頁的影像尺寸因印刷檔案和裝訂需求，製作時於天、地、書口側分別被裁切掉3公釐，故而在尺寸上與原版影像有所不同。此外，當時岡田隆彦的文章則因版權問題而未能收録。此次的完全復刻版，不僅將忠於原版的影像尺寸、完整收録岡田的文章，並會將各篇散文翻譯成英文與中文（繁體字），另外印製成一份附録。
※《THE JAPANESE BOX》收録了日本1960年代末期至70年代初期出版的三本《Provoke 挑釁》、中平卓馬《為了該有的語言》、荒木經惟《傷感之旅》和森山大道《攝影啊再見》共六本經典的復刻版攝影書，收納於專屬箱子之中，限量發行。2001年由徳國出版社Steidl與Edition 7L共同出版。目前已絶版。
Provoke - Complete Reprint of 3 Volume｜Koji Taki, Takuma Nakahira, Takahiko Okada, Yutaka Takanashi and Daido Moriyama ｜Languages: Japanese (English and Chinese translations will be printed separately to accompany the volumes as a supplement)｜Published by NITESHA｜Nov 2018
Vol.1: H210×W210mm, 68 pages, Softcover
Vol.2: H242×W180mm, 109 pages, Softcover, Obi Strip
Vol.3: H240×W184mm, 110 pages, Softcover
Books arrived in good condition