Takuma Nakahira, ‘Why an illustrated human-animal dictinonary   #20-190’, 2004, Aki Gallery
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Takuma Nakahira

Why an illustrated human-animal dictinonary #20-190, 2004

Color photograph (Type C print), mounted on aluminum panel
35 2/5 × 23 3/5 in
90 × 60 cm
Location
Taipei, Leipzig
About the work
Takuma Nakahira
Japanese, 1938–2015
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Together with Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira revolutionized post-war Japanese photography with his dark, expressionistic photographs that captured the uncertainty, exhilaration, and tumult of life in the decades following World War II. As well as a critically acclaimed photographer, Nakahira is a writer, critic, and political activist, whose groundbreaking ideas and essays about visual expression led to the publication of Provoke: Provocative Materials for Thought (first published 1968), a radical, short-lived journal that nevertheless had a profound impact on visual culture in Japan. Nakahira and his contemporaries introduced what became known as the are, bure, boke (rough, blurred, out-of-focus) style of photography, pushing the camera well beyond its previous use as a documentary or propaganda tool. Stark and suggestive, his photographs show fragmented scenes of urban life as he experienced it—imbued with pathos, grit, and potential.

Takuma Nakahira, ‘Why an illustrated human-animal dictinonary   #20-190’, 2004, Aki Gallery
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About the work
Takuma Nakahira
Japanese, 1938–2015
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Together with Shomei Tomatsu and Daido Moriyama, Takuma Nakahira revolutionized post-war Japanese photography with his dark, expressionistic photographs that captured the uncertainty, exhilaration, and tumult of life in the decades following World War II. As well as a critically acclaimed photographer, Nakahira is a writer, critic, and political activist, whose groundbreaking ideas and essays about visual expression led to the publication of Provoke: Provocative Materials for Thought (first published 1968), a radical, short-lived journal that nevertheless had a profound impact on visual culture in Japan. Nakahira and his contemporaries introduced what became known as the are, bure, boke (rough, blurred, out-of-focus) style of photography, pushing the camera well beyond its previous use as a documentary or propaganda tool. Stark and suggestive, his photographs show fragmented scenes of urban life as he experienced it—imbued with pathos, grit, and potential.

Takuma Nakahira

Why an illustrated human-animal dictinonary #20-190, 2004

Color photograph (Type C print), mounted on aluminum panel
35 2/5 × 23 3/5 in
90 × 60 cm
Location
Taipei, Leipzig
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