The Japanese Box. Photographs by Daido Moriyama, Nobyoshi Araki, Takuma Nakahira, and others. Edited by Christoph Schifferli. Essay (in English and Japanese) by Akihito Yasumi. Designed by Gerhard Steidl and Karl Lagerfeld. Steidl Verlag, Gottingen in association with Edition 7L. A collection of six facsimile reprints and editor's book (that includes translations of texts): Provoke 1, 2, and 3; Araki's Sentimental Journey,; Moriyama's Bye Bye Photography Dear," and Takuma Nakahira's For Language To Come. Limited edition of 1500 hand-numbered copies. All volumes in stiff-illustrated wrappers. Custom-designed black lacquered wooden box with metal latches (box measures 10 1/4" wide x 13" long x 4" high) inches. Original rice paper wrapping with two thick, printed rubber bands (both often missing from copies obtained on secondary market).
"Visual images are the reverse side of the world of language... A photographer's eye can capture fragments of reality that cannot be expressed in language as it is."--from the Provoke 1, translated on the Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson Library site
""In 1968, a magazine with the programmatic title "Provoke" was published in Tokyo by the photographer and writer Takuma Nakahira, the art critic Koji Taki, and other members. Investigating the relationship between photography and text, and suggesting new ways for photography to depict Japanese society, the magazine was an artistic and philosophical manifesto, responding to the upheavals of the late sixties. The participating photographers, among them Daido Moriyama (who joined "Provoke" with the second issue) searched for a radically new photographic language, as is reflected in the titles of their books: titles like Moriyama's "Bye, Bye Photography," and Nakahira's "For a Language to Come"; publications that were turning points in postwar Japanese photography. This spectacular limited edition collection of facsimile reprints of six legendary Japanese photography publications from the 1960s and 1970s will undoubtedly be a highly sought-after collector's item."--the publisher
All contents Very Fine; tears to the rice paper wrapping (which is often missing from the package).