Provoke: Between Protest and Performance by Diane Dufour, Matthew Witkovsky and Duncan Forbes has won Best Photography Book in the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation’s 2017 Book Awards.
A celebration of the short-lived Japanese magazine, which ran for just three issues from November 1968 – August 1969, the book gathers the ground-breaking black-and-white images published by Provoke and combines with critical theory and interviews to show how influential the publication was. Exquisitely printed by Steidl, and checking in at 680 pages, it’s a comprehensive guide to the social and political manifesto which was put together by NakahiraTakuma, Daido Moriyama and Takanashi Yutaka.
“The publication is the product of an extraordinary amount of work, its content is historically important, and the four-party international collaboration that brought it into being should be celebrated,” says Ben Burbridge, one of the judges, and senior lecturer in art history and co-director of the Centre for Photography and Visual Culture at University of Sussex, Brighton.
“The visual material is extraordinary; the essays and interviews detailed and enlightening; the design exceptional. Provoke will have the historical longevity to justify its place as a winner – we have no doubt that people will still be looking at it in twenty years’ time.”
The other Photography Book Award judges were Martin Barnes (senior curator at London’s V&A) and Vanessa Winship (photographer). The two other books to be shortlisted were Looking for Alice by Sian Davey, and A House Without a Roof by Adam Golfer.
The seven other books to make the longlist were: Sugar Paper Theories by Jack Latham; The House of The Seven Women by Tito Mouraz; Magic Party Place by CJ Clarke; Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive edited by Frances Turpak and Michele Brunnick; Maximilian Stejskal – Folklig Idrott edited by Marie-Isabel Vogel and Alain Rappaport; Highway Kind by Justine Kurland; and The Altering Eye: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art edited by Sarah Greenough.
The Best Moving Image Book went to Anatomy of Sound: Norman Corwin and Media Authorship by Jacob Smith and Neil Verman. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press, and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Book Awards have run since 1985.