Inspired by Japanese photography of the Provoke era

mickyates B&W, Japan, Japan, Photography, Street 0 Comments

I have always been interested in the art of Japan, since teenage years. And having lived there, I developed a fascination for the unique aesthetics of Japanese photography.

There is a renewed interest in bringing the ‘Provoke’ movement of the 1960s and early 1970s to a broader, international audience, led by A/Fixed, and English language collective, working with the Benrido Collotype group in Japan to create high quality images. Beautiful photo books, too.

Provoke only published three magazines, but the influence was profound. Diaristic, urban, quick. The magazines have been recreated with commentary in a relatively new book, PROVOKE: Between PROTEST and PERFORMANCE – Photography in Japan 1960 / 1975  by Matthew S Witkowsky

A/Fixed have also created a new journal, pictured here.

Despite my fascination with the imagery, and huge appreciation for the artistry of people such as Daido Moryiama, my street work tends to in coloured and rather ‘disciplined’.

So I have decided to try again with the Are-Bure-Boke aesthetic (grainy, blurred, unfocused) style.

Not there yet, but worth persevering I think, as it’s always cool to try something out of one’s photographic comfort zone. Hyperfocal focusing, from the hip, fingers crossed.

Processing, by the way, is in Tonality Pro, currently my B&W favourite.

For those interested, there are many interesting, related articles on line. I especially like this one:

Through a Lens, Inquisitively: Modern Photo Visions, of and from Japan

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