Nobuyoshi Araki, ‘Sentimental Journey’, 1971, Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet

Collection: Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris


Venue: Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet, Paris (2016)

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. Don de
la société Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd, Japon, inv. MEP 1995.126

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

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