Looking is Necessary

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Gian Butturini (1935-2006) was an Italian graphic designer who travelled to London in 1969. He took photographs of what was happening in the ‘swinging sixties’, and these were published in a book London, also in 1969. The photographs catch the energy of the city, in a grainy, blurry, dense street style – reminiscent of Provoke and Daido Moriyama. This past …

Provoke

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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 …