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Takuma NAKAHIRA "For A Language To Come" 1970 Photobook

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Takuma NAKAHIRA, photographer. "Kitarubeki Kotoba no Tameni" - "For a Language to Come." Japan: Fudosha, 1970, First Edition, PB, dj, 30 cm x 21 cm, 192pp, b/w photos.

Nakahira was one of the founders of the Provoke movement of Japanese photography. His blurred, distorted, dark, and depressing images capture the reality of a post Industrial Japan hurtling out of control. (Reference: Parr & Badger, Vol. 1, 292-293). As Kotaro Iizawo explains in The History of Japanese Photography, the aim of the enormously influential Provoke movement was to "rethink the rigidified relation between word and image, and to create 'new language, in short, new thought.'" Founded by Koji Taki and Nakahira Takuma in late 1968 (Daido Moriyama joined the group for their second issue), the group produced "fragmented images that completely demolished the established aesthetic and grammar of photography." In keeping with the tumultuous events of that year, the artists of Provoke were fierce in their desire to do away with received ideas and meanings ("the world of pseudo-certainty"). And, in true avant-garde spirit, theirs was a frontal assault on the medium and the institutions in which they were working. As individuals, however, they were constantly at odds with one another; Provoke, their house organ, ceased publication in August 1969 after only three issues. "A Language to Come" was published the next year. A scarce Provoke-era masterpiece.

Condition: Quite Good, the interior is very clean with very little evidence of handling. The binding has one weak area of creasing but no pages are loose. The dj has a bit of the usual rubbing at the edges.

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