The ultimate Araki collection
“This book reveals everything about me. It’s been a 60-year contract. Photography is love and death—that’ll be my epitaph.” —Nobuyoshi Araki
Japanese photographer Araki’s powerful œuvre, decades’ worth of images, has been distilled down to 560 pages of photographs that tell the story of Araki and compose the ultimate retrospective collection of his work. Known best for his intimate, snapshot-style images of women tied up with ropes (kinbaku, the Japanese art of rope-tying) and of colorful, sensual flowers, Araki is an artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to experience them more fully. Obsessed with women, Araki seeks to come closer to them through photography, using ropes like an embrace and the click of the shutter like a kiss. His work is at once shocking and mysteriously tender—a deeply personal artist, Araki is not afraid of his emotions nor of showing them to the world.
Nobuyoshi Araki was born in Tokyo in 1940. Given a camera by his father at the ripe age of twelve, Araki has been taking pictures ever since. He studied photography and film at Chiba University and went into commercial photography soon after graduating. In 1970 he created his famous Xeroxed Photo Albums, which he produced in limited editions and sent to friends, art critics, and people selected randomly from the telephone book. Over the years, his bold, unabashed photographs of his private life have been the object of a great deal of controversy and censorship (especially in his native Japan), a fact that has not fazed the artist nor diminished his influence. To date, Araki has published over 350 books of his work.
|Cover||cartonato con cofanetto|
|Language/s||English, French, German, japanese|
|Collection||TASCHEN's 25th anniversary|