Takuma Nakahira : Quote of the Month

April 17, 2008 by

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

Barbara & her Camouflage

March 29, 2008 by

A year ago Barbara, one of the nicest people on the net and a fine photographer, started a thread on our (now quite dead) Flickr W/NW forum. She titled it Camouflage and, judging by the few photographs posted to that topic (all of them friggintastic), I was hoping for one of the longest & best photo topics we ever tackled. It could use some more of your shots, so dig’em out if you read this.

Here’s Barbara’s pic, & an aaaawesssssome one:

Yellow and green
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Barbara lives in Amsterdam ( that’s the Netherlands, dummy), enjoys life and photography as she says on her Flickr page, and runs a few successful photo groups. For more of her photography, check her portfolio.