Visit to the Le Bal to see the Provoke exhibition. The strap line for this exhibition is ‘Between protest and performance – photography in Japan 1960-1975.’
This exhibition in two rooms, retraces the history of the short-lived, yet cult avant-garde Japanese photography magazine Provoke.
The exhibition covers the three issues of the magazine and features the photographic work of its members:-
The exhibition features predominantly black and white images which are presented in various ways dependent on the effect and interpretation intended. The two rooms feel quite crowded as a guided group tour was taking place when we were there. I found this somewhat distracting when viewing images.
I was however fascinated that a series of just 3 magazines could have such a profound effect on photography’s position in reacting to changing political and social conditions.
Again, in order to fully appreciate this body of work and the 3 years of collaborative research that went into it, I have bought the book that accompanies the exhibition. I will be studying this further and intend to discuss my thoughts in another blog.