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Nobuyoshi Araki

Japanese, b. 1940

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Nobuyoshi Araki

Japanese, b. 1940

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Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific photographer who has produced thousands of photographs over the course of his career. He became famous for “Un Voyage Sentimental” (1971), a series of photos depicting both banal and deeply intimate scenes of his wife during their honeymoon. A number of his works feature young women in sexualized situations: “Kinbaku”, a series from 1979, features 101 photographs of women in rope bondage. He typically works in black-and-white photography, and his hallmark style is deliberately casual. “Rather than shooting something that looks like a professional photograph, I want my work to feel intimate, like someone in the subject’s inner circle shot them,” he says. More recently, Araki has been working on a series titled “Faces of Japan” (2009-) in which the artist photographs 500 to 1,000 people in each of Japan’s prefectures.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£91k, Phillips de Pury & Company, 2008
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Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
EVA International
Biography

Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific photographer who has produced thousands of photographs over the course of his career. He became famous for “Un Voyage Sentimental” (1971), a series of photos depicting both banal and deeply intimate scenes of his wife during their honeymoon. A number of his works feature young women in sexualized situations: “Kinbaku”, a series from 1979, features 101 photographs of women in rope bondage. He typically works in black-and-white photography, and his hallmark style is deliberately casual. “Rather than shooting something that looks like a professional photograph, I want my work to feel intimate, like someone in the subject’s inner circle shot them,” he says. More recently, Araki has been working on a series titled “Faces of Japan” (2009-) in which the artist photographs 500 to 1,000 people in each of Japan’s prefectures.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
£91k, Phillips de Pury & Company, 2008
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
EVA International
Shows Featuring Nobuyoshi Araki
Articles Featuring Nobuyoshi Araki
From Nobuyoshi Araki to Jo Ann Callis, These Photographers Captured the Desire and Dynamics of Fetish
Oct 22nd, 2019
From Nobuyoshi Araki to Jo Ann Callis, These Photographers Captured the Desire and Dynamics of Fetish
Inside Steve Aoki’s Art-Filled Playhouse in Vegas
May 28th, 2019
Inside Steve Aoki’s Art-Filled Playhouse in Vegas
Nobuyoshi Araki’s Photographs Remain Influential—and Also Highly Controversial
Aug 1st, 2018
Nobuyoshi Araki’s Photographs Remain Influential—and Also Highly Controversial
In New Diptychs, Nobuyoshi Araki Finds Beauty in Disease
Mar 12th, 2015
In New Diptychs, Nobuyoshi Araki Finds Beauty in Disease
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