Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Kaori’, 2004, Heritage Auctions
Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Kaori’, 2004, Heritage Auctions
Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Kaori’, 2004, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Sheet measures 13 x 17 inches; unmounted; not framed; one folding crease to the upper left corner margin, not affecting the image; a few light scuffs noticeable in raking light; one thin surface scratch approximately 2-1/2 inches long to the upper left quadrant.

Signature: Signed in ink on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Nobuyoshi Araki

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.

Japanese, b. 1940, Tokyo, Japan