About the book:
Jérôme Sans and Nobuyoshi Araki – Araki (Taschen 25th Anniversary Series)
Published by Taschen, 2007
Hardcover with slipcase
557 and (3) pages
29,5 x 20, 5 cm
“This book reveals everything about me. It’s been a 60-year contract. Photography is love and death-that’ll be my epitaph.” – Araki
The subject is Japanese photographer Araki, a man who talks about life through photographs. His powerful oeuvre, decades’ worth of images, has been pared down to 540 pages of photographs which tell the story of Araki and comprise the ultimate retrospective collection of his work. Known best for his intimate, snapshot-style images of women often tied up with ropes (kinbaku, Japanese rope-tying art) 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 (1940) is a Japanese photographer from Tokyo. Araki is best known for his photographs of Japanese women in bondage, often with props like little dinosaur or cat figures. His work is highly erotic, even his Flowers series for which he photographed flowers covered with different kinds of pigments. In the last few years he has focused on creating still-life pictures of different locations, in combination with his signature dinosaur and cat figures.
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