Saturday, 6 February 2010

Nobuyoshi Araki

Araki, Nobuyoshi (b. 1940), Japanese photographer and multimedia artist, born and resident in Tokyo. A prolific producer of photo books (over 100), by the close of the 20th century Araki had become Japan's most famous photographer. He began his personal work during off hours from his job at the advertising agency Dentsu. In 1964 he received the Taiyo Prize (founded that year) for the series Satchin and his Brother Mabo. The year 1971 saw the appearance of his privately published Sentimental Journey, an intimate record of his marriage to and honeymoon with his wife Yoko (who died in 1990). He went freelance in 1972, and throughout the 1970s self-published numerous xeroxed photo albums. He is best known for his nudes and explicit sexual images, often involving bondage. Shown by major museums, these works have stimulated debate and sometimes brought clashes with the authorities in Japan and abroad. But his oeuvre also comprises flower studies, landscapes, and portraits. ‘Erotos’, a word invented by Araki combining eros (love) and thanatos (death), defines the major theme in his work. In Japan, he is commonly called ‘Ararchy’ (Araki/anarchy), a term also coined by himself. Declaring that every photograph is intimate, a kind of ‘I-photograph’, he also makes ‘false series’, putting false dates on photo prints which disrupt our definitions of reality and fiction.

— Madeleine Hill Vedel

No introduction needed, I busted my balls uploading all these photos so there are probably double pics here and there, I'll fix that later.
Aslo, if any of you have some pics or entire book scans that are not here please send an e-mail (belowthefog666[at] and I'll put them here.
posts after the click are obviously nsfw.

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B.,  7 February 2010 at 17:35  

Nobuyoshi Araki is a pure genius.
Awesome work!!!

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