"The image by it's self is not a thought. It cannot possess a wholeness like that of a concept. Neither is it interchangeable code like language. Yet its irreversible materiality-the reality that is cut out by the camera- constitutes the opposite side of language, and for this reason at times it stimulates the world of language and concepts. When this happens, language transcends its fixed and conceptualised self, transforming into a new language, and therefore new thought.
At this singular moment-now-language loses its material basis-in short its reality, and drifts in space, we photographers must go on grasping with our own eyes those fragments of reality that cannot possibly be captured with existing language, actively putting forth materials against language and against thought."
Ascribed to Nakahira, Taki, Takanashi and the poet Takahiko Okada for the first volume of 'Provoke Magazine' 1968.