Takuma Nakahira : Quote of the Month


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.”

from Degree Zero – Yokohama



8 Responses to “Takuma Nakahira : Quote of the Month”

  1. Bruno Trematore Says:

    One of the less convincing quotes I’ve ever read. I will search more of this photographer, but the preview of the book is also something not convincing. While each photo has its own strength, I don’t see them much belonging together.

  2. slacker Says:

    i think he is more a writer and a theoretician — i admit i am not very familiar with his work but would love to read his “For the Language to come” — just need to get that $10,000 for the Ebay auction :0)

  3. Bruno Trematore Says:

    Might be the guy to whom Paul Auster is referring to in Trilogy of New York – City of Glass. About how a broken umbrella should not be called anymore “umbrella”, because it does not serve its’ purpose anymore…

  4. nyc_slacker Says:

    Peter Stillman?

  5. Ian Says:

    Ian says : I absolutely agree with this !

  6. Forsyth Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Forsyth

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