The Provoke Era

Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA


California Museum of Photography

February 28 - May 16, 2015


Opening Reception

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Remarks (Culver Screening Room)

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Closing Reception

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6pm - 9pm



Named for the magazine Provoke, which sought to break the rules of traditional photography, this exhibition presents the avant-garde tradition that emerged in Tokyo in the 1960s and continued in the 70s and 80s. The exhibition traces Japanese photographers' responses to their country’s shifting social and political atmosphere. The influence of Provoke photography in Japan continues today. The Provoke Era features work by internationally recognized artists including Masahisa Fukase, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, and Shomei Tomatsu.

The Provoke Era is organized by SFMOMA, and is curated by Sandra S. Phillips, SFMOMA senior curator of photography. The exhibition is made possible by The James Irvine Foundation, Bank of America, and The Japan Foundation.



Image: Daido Moriyama, Stray Dog, Misawa, Aomori, 1971; gelatin silver print; Collection SFMOMA, gift of Van Deren Coke; © Daido Moriyama