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Araki, Nobuyoshi (1940)

Although he truly began practicing photography at the age of 10 after his father had got him a camera, Nobuyoshi Araki prefers to say he was born with a camera in his hands and that the first thing he did at his birth was to turn around and capture his mother’s vagina: the legend was set. For several decades now, the Japanese photographer has depicted, in a somehow messy, quick and honest way, the mundanities of his everyday life including his honeymoon and the premature death of his wife in 1991 - pleasure and death reunited in what perfectly sums up the photographers’ obsessions. From his wife’s pubic hair to feminine genitals hidden by sensual blooming flowers, Nobuyoshi Araki has played with sexuality and intimacy, braving Japanese authorities with candid-like and playful images, often considered pornographic by his detractors and pure art by his admirers. With his kinbaku photographs, celebrating the Japanese ancient art of bondage, he has reunited tradition, provocation and grace with his women clad in elegant kimonos challenging his country’s conservative moralism and erotic culture. Nobuyoshi Araki just lost the vision of his right eye and rather than bringing an end to his practice, it has enhanced his personal diaristic experience. Focusing on an intimate subject, going from the touching to the disturbing, assuming sexuality and grief, the photographer now interferes with blindness.

Tags / Nobuyoshi Araki - Japanese Photographer - Nude & Body - Erotic - 1970s - Scandal
Nobuyoshi Araki, Alluring Hell, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Alluring Hell, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Colourscapes, 1991
Nobuyoshi Araki, Colourscapes, 1991
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense - Future, 1979/-2011/2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense - Future, 1979/-2011/2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Bondage, 1979
Nobuyoshi Araki, Bondage, 1979
Nobuyoshi Araki, Sentimental Journey, 1971
Nobuyoshi Araki, Sentimental Journey, 1971
Nobuyoshi Araki, Personal Sentimentalism in Photography, 2000
Nobuyoshi Araki, Personal Sentimentalism in Photography, 2000
Nobuyoshi Araki, Feast of Angels: Sex Scenes, 1992
Nobuyoshi Araki, Feast of Angels: Sex Scenes, 1992
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Novelle, 1995
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Novelle, 1995
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Novelle, 1995
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Novelle, 1995
Nobuyoshi Araki, Loving Jounrey, Yoko, 1985
Nobuyoshi Araki, Loving Jounrey, Yoko, 1985
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kinbaku, 1995- 2008/ 2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kinbaku, 1995- 2008/ 2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Yakusa, 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Yakusa, 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, The Look, 1993
Nobuyoshi Araki, The Look, 1993
Nobuyoshi Araki, Bondage, 1990
Nobuyoshi Araki, Bondage, 1990
Nobuyoshi Araki, Megumi Kagurazaka, 2014
Nobuyoshi Araki, Megumi Kagurazaka, 2014
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA -BK-65), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA -BK-65), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA -BK-90), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA -BK-90), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kayuen, 2016
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kayuen, 2016
Nobuyoshi Araki, Shino, 2000
Nobuyoshi Araki, Shino, 2000
Nobuyoshi Araki, Arakism, date unknown
Nobuyoshi Araki, Arakism, date unknown
Nobuyoshi Araki, Arakism, date unknown
Nobuyoshi Araki, Arakism, date unknown
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled #28 from the series Last by Leica, 2012/ 2014
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled #28 from the series Last by Leica, 2012/ 2014
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled from the series Flowers and Jamorinsky, 2005/ 2006
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled from the series Flowers and Jamorinsky, 2005/ 2006
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Self Diary (NA-vntg014), 1986
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Self Diary (NA-vntg014), 1986
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kinbaku (NA-vntg006), 1986
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kinbaku (NA-vntg006), 1986
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, 67 Shooting Back (GDN125), 2007
Nobuyoshi Araki, 67 Shooting Back (GDN125), 2007
Nobuyoshi Araki, 67 Shooting Back (GDN038), 2007
Nobuyoshi Araki, 67 Shooting Back (GDN038), 2007
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA-BK-26), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Marvellous Tales of Black Ink (NA-BK-26), 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Satchin and his Brother, 1963
Nobuyoshi Araki, Satchin and his Brother, 1963
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense - Future, 1979- 2011/ 2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense - Future, 1979- 2011/ 2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for "Telegram" album, 1996
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for "Telegram" album, 1996
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for
Nobuyoshi Araki, Björk for "Telegram" album, 1996
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Story, 1989
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Story, 1989
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Still Life, 2001
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Still Life, 2001
Nobuyoshi Araki, Love by Leica, 2006
Nobuyoshi Araki, Love by Leica, 2006
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Comedy, 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, Tokyo Comedy, 1994
Nobuyoshi Araki, From the series My Wife Yoko, 1968-76
Nobuyoshi Araki, From the series My Wife Yoko, 1968-76
Nobuyoshi Araki, Flowers, 1985/ 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Flowers, 1985/ 2008
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense – Future, 1979-2011/2012
Nobuyoshi Araki, Past tense – Future, 1979-2011/2012
Nobuyoshi Araki,  Sentimental Journey, 1971
Nobuyoshi Araki, Sentimental Journey, 1971
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