Provocative Relationship - Daido Moriyama x Takuma Nakahira
“Provocative Relationship – Daido Moriyama x Takuma Nakahira” is the official catalog for the exhibition of the same title, held at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama from July 15 to September 24, 2023.
Both the catalog and the exhibition represent an invaluable attempt to trace the artistic relationship between Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira, as well as the complex and fundamental ways in which they have influenced each other. Moriyama and Nakahira first met through Shomei Tomatsu in the 1960s, worked together on the highly-influential “Provoke” magazine, and continued to stimulate each other’s creative and intellectual approach until Nakahira’s death in 2015. In addition to photographs documenting the exhibition itself, the book explores their relationship in seven chronological chapters.
“For me, those old memories of the summer Takuma Nakahira and I spent near the sea of Zushi and Hayama when we were twenty-seven years old can best be described as ‘the past is always fresh, the future always nostalgic.’ Or, in other words, I believe that the ‘provocative relationship’ between the photographer Takuma Nakahira and the photographer Daido Moriyama continues to this day.”
― from Daido Moriyama’s afterword (translation by shashasha)
The book concludes with several texts written by both photographers, as well as an edited version of the infamous Hilltop Hotel interview between Moriyama and Nakahira. Please note that all text is only included in Japanese.