Ken magazine. Shaken, Tokyo. Nos. 1-3 (complete run), published quarterly, June 1970-January 1971. Issues edited by Yoshio Sawano, Masatoshi Naito, Tsunehisa Kimura respectively. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
Not to be confused with the Chicago-based news magazine that published Hemingway's wartime journalism! 'Ken' was published by Shaken, the company established by Shomei Tomatsu, who provided the cover photo for the first issue. Like Provoke before it, 'Ken' features much work in the are-bure-boke, or rough, blurred, and out-of-focus, style. Each of the three issues was edited by a different photographer. The first issue contained criticism of the Osaka World Exposition as well as criticism related to photography. Contributions by members of the Provoke crew: Koji Taki, Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira, and Nobuyoshi Araki, among others. A great find, these could very well go the way of the three issues of Provoke, which currently are worth exponentially more!!--reference, Anne Wilkes Tucker, et. al., The History of Japanese Photography, p. 384
All solidly Near Fine-Near Fine+; light age tanning and wear to extremities.