Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA-BK_26)’, 1994, Blindspot Gallery
Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA-BK_26)’, 1994, Blindspot Gallery

In the Marvellous Tales of Black Ink series (1990s), the artist hand-painted directly on gelatin silver prints with Sumi ink which enhances the explicitness and playfulness of sexuality in the images.

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

Exhibition Highlights

2015
New York,
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979