Unseen Photographs of Japan's 60s in New Exhibition at the Albertina Museum

28th January - 18th May 2016


Japan’s most influential photographers – including Daidō Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki – were shown together for the first time in Provoke, an exhibition at The Vienna-based Albertina museum, which explored the significance of the short-lived and revered magazine of the same name.


In the world’s first-ever exhibition on this topic, the Albertina examined the complex genesis of this magazine and thereby presents a representative cross-section of photographic trends present in Japan between the 1960s and 1970s.


The exhibition was an expression of the massive social turbulence in Japan’s recent history, a country uniquely scarred by the Second World War, and in the throes of creating a new national identity. The 200 works on show represented an expression of this political transformation and new ways of using photography as a form of protest; to express, or even inspire, such fundamental change.


Read a full article by The British Journal of Photography here.