Takuma Nakahira a writer, photographer, and a father of the revolutionary Provoke movement (whose members included Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki and Shomei Tomatsu). He is the author of the famous “For a Language to Come“, published in 1970. I saw it on eBay today — the estimated price is set at between $10,000 -$14,000. It is a favorite of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger who says that it is, “A dark, troubling book presenting one man’s view of Japan – a visionary dream or a nightmare.”
After loosing his memory and memories, Nakahira settles in Yokohama and returns to photographing. The quote below comes from his book “Degree Zero – Yokohama” published for an exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art in 2003.
“I believe that photography is neither creation nor memory, but documents. The act of shooting a photograph is not something abstract. It is always concrete. No manipulation to make simple things complicated through conceptualization. Only the real I encountered through the medium of the camera is here in my photographs.”