Provoke

mickyates B&W, ContextualResearch, Coursework, Critical Research Journal, Critical Theory, Culture, Documentary, ICWeek1, Ideas, Informing Contexts, Japan, Photography Leave a Comment

The Japanese photo magazine ‘Provoke’ only published three issues, in 1968 and 1969. It was a rejection of many of the then-prevailing ‘global’ photographic norms. And it uniquely caught the 1960’s era of protest against American military bases on Japanese soil, Tokyo’s Narita airport extension and more. It also reflected growing Japanese confidence and self-identification after WWII. From the Provoke …

Nobuo Ina – Return to Photography

mickyates ContextualResearch, Critical Research Journal, Critical Theory, ICWeek1, Informing Contexts, Japan, Photography Leave a Comment

I have just been reading Return to Photography, by Nobuo Ina (1898-1978). Ina was influenced by thinking on photography emanating from Germany (Bauhaus et al). This essay was published in 1932, and predates Walter Benjamin‘s The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936), with which it bears some similarities. Ina’s essay appeared in the first edition of Koga …