Wordsday: 6.19.19

First rule of composition — there are no rules in composition.

everything is related to each other but near things are more related than distant things.

the creative photograph no longer needs an army of defenders

“I paint the way some people write their autobiography.”


You have to look and understand both and looking you understand it’s more than you can describe you look and think and look and think until it makes sense becomes interesting

Donald Judd 1990

The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera. In this inevitable race between the two of us, I feel I am going to be burnt up.” –

Daido Moriyama

For the first time, between the originating object and its reproduction there intervenes only the instrumentality of a nonliving agent. For the first time an image of the world is formed automatically, without the creative intervention of man. The personality of the photographer enters into the proceedings only in his selection of the object to be photographed and by way of the purpose he has in mind.”

Andre Bazin

The moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want and tries to supply the demand he ceases to be an artist 

Oscar Wilde

Provoke – are, bure, boke

“Grainy, blurry, out-of-focus” A small movement that continues making changes in the way of picture making.

Yutaka Takanashi and Takuma Nakahira, critic Koji Taki, and writer Takahiko Okada. Started a short lived magazine: Provoke.

Provoke// materials for thought

Boke, usually: ‘bokeh,’ is the remainder of this stylistic trinity. It has been reduced to meaning the ‘out of focus’ rendering of a lens. Bokeh and ‘diffraction limited,’ form the recurrent, frequent topic in the online life of photography. A limited life, but it won’t die.

I’ve collected a set of videos so those of you at the table can have a brief, but worthwhile foundation of the provoke style.

Provoke (Purovōku) was an experimental magazine founded by photographers Yutaka Takanashi and Takuma Nakahira, critic Koji Taki, and writer Takahiko Okada in 1968. The magazine’s subtitle read as: shisō no tame no chōhatsuteki shiryō (Provocative documents for the sake of thought). Photographer Daido Moriyama is most often associated with the publication, but Moriyama did not join the magazine until the second issue. Provoke lasted only three issues with a small print run, but remains an important cultural artifact of the postwar era.

Tate | Daido Moriyama

A longer, more complete interview with Daido is this from Vimeo:

2016, Moriyama [13min]