Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Painting Flower’, 2004/2014, Japan Society Live

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Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

Among the most celebrated—and controversial—veterans of contemporary Japanese photography, Nobuyoshi Araki is also one of the most prolific, having produced over 450 photobooks in a career spanning five decades. With his signature work, Sentimental Journey (1971), focusing on the mundane and deeply personal aspects of his honeymoon with Yoko Aoki, he broke ground in the exploration of subjectivity and one’s own private life using the camera. Later series focused more explicitly on erotic themes, which has earned the artist international notoriety. Numerous other subjects recur in his work, such as pop culture and quotidian life in Tokyo, where he lives and works. Although most of Araki’s photography is shot in black-and-white, his Flowers series was produced in vivid color, and yet retains the offhand, eroticized sensibility for which he is best known.
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Signature: Signed on verso

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