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(1938 – 2015), Japan

Takuma Nakahira Biography

Nakahira Takuma (1938-2015) was one of the founding members of the groundbreaking magazine "Provoke," where he, along with other Provoke members, championed the "are, bure, boke" style, characterized by its raw, blurry, and out-of-focus aesthetic. They believed that photography was not a medium for conveying information or providing answers but rather a pursuit of genuine questions. Their iconic photography style and advocacy left a profound impact on the Japanese photography scene.

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Nakahira earned recognition as a thought-provoking figure in photography. In the 1960s, Nakahira believed that images do not represent the world but instead distort and warp it. He used this denial of image representation to challenge society and politics, as well as contemporary photography's perception as an art form. In 1977, Nakahira was tragically stricken with memory loss and aphasia. He returned to shooting the following year with the images he saw everyday on the street: fire, water, birds, animals, trees, flowers, cats and street people. The colored objective images are the ultimate presentation of his struggle to pursue the provocative questions disclosed in his writings and photography: the essence of photography is only an equivalent record.

Nakahira's work is collected by prestigious institutions including National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Yokohama Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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Untitled (wife) by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Untitled (wife), 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
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Untitled, from Nakahira Takuma 1000 by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Untitled, from Nakahira Takuma 1000, 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
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Adieu A X (#7) by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Adieu A X (#7), 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
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Adieu A X  (#35) by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Adieu A X (#35), 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
25.4 x 30.5 cm
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Untitled, from  Takuma 1000 by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Untitled, from Takuma 1000, 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
25.4 x 30.5 cm
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Adieu A X  (#77) by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Adieu A X (#77), 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
30.5 x 25.4 cm
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Untitled by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography
Takuma Nakahira Untitled, 1980s Vintage gelatin silver print, RC paper
30.5 x 25.4 cm
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Overflow by Takuma Nakahira contemporary artwork photography, installation
Takuma Nakahira Overflow, 1974 / 2018 Photographic installation with 48 Chromogenic prints
140 x 580 cm
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