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Awards: Provoke wins Best Photography Book in the 2017 Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Awards

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. Provoke: Between Protest and Performance accompanied the exhibition of the same name held at the Le Bal gallery in Paris, from 14 September-11 December 2016, co-curated by Le Bal director Diane Dufour and Matthew Witkovsky with Duncan Forbes and Walter Moser. But, as the judges made clear, it stands on its own right as a book. “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 …


Looking for Alice: a mother’s gradual acceptance of her daughter, born with Down’s Syndrome

On one level, Looking for Alice is an illustration of family life, says Sian Davey, with “all the tensions, joys, ups and downs that go with the territory”. But on another, this photography series challenges perceptions of difference, because it focuses on images of her youngest daughter, who was born with Down’s syndrome. “The photographs explore the entwined narratives of my relationship with my daughter, and society’s prevailing attitudes towards people with Down’s syndrome,” she says. A trained psychotherapist, Davey speaks openly about her feelings – from her “deep shock” when her Alice was born, to the gradual acceptance that allowed her to “fall in love with my daughter”. “It was not what I had expected,” she continues. “I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my relationship with her… I saw that Alice was feeling my rejection and that caused me further pain. The responsibility lay with me; I had to dig deep into my own prejudices and shine a light on them.” In Davey’s photographs, we see Alice smile, cry and …


BJP Staff