Araki – Tokyo Stories

Nobuyoshi Araki - 67 Shooting Back (No. 117), 2007, C- print, 125.7 x 100.3 cm

Nobuyoshi Araki: ’67 Shooting Back (No. 117)’, 2007, C- print, 125.7  x  100.3 cm, signed, numbered, edition of 5. Price upon request

About Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is Japan’s most famous photographer, and one of photography’s most prolific bookmakers, Nobuyoshi Araki is notorious for his erotic photographs of women in bondage. Japanese bondage, ‘Kinbaku-bi’ means the beauty of tight binding, and is the Japanese art of erotic bondage which differs from western bondage in its orchestration of knots and binding to arouse specific points upon the body, offers visual as well as erotic rewards that Araki has scrutinized with great zeal. Araki is able to bestow eroticism upon all manner of natural imagery, but is also celebrated for series such as Sentimental Journey and Winter Journey, which record his marriage and the death of his wife. Araki completed his studies at Chiba University’s Department of Photography, Painting and Engineering with a focus on the study of film and photography. His photographic project “Satchin” earned him the prestigious Taiyo Award in 1964, shortly after he had joined the advertising agency Dentsu, where he worked until 1972. At Dentsu he met his wife Yoko, to whom he paid homage in Sentimental Journey, a photographic record of their honeymoon published in 1971. Eros and thanatos (sex and death) has been a central theme in Araki’s work; an abiding fascination with female genitalia and women’s bodies in Japanese bondage, flowers, food, his cat, faces and Tokyo street scenes. His solo exhibitions include “Araki”,  Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris (2016); “Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife – Faces, Skyscapes, Roards”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (2014); “Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition: Arākī”, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka (2012); “NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death”, The Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005); “Hana- Jinsei”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2003); “Tokyo Still Life”, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2001); “Nobuyoshi Araki”, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (2000); “ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1999); “Tokyo Comedy”, Wiener Secession, Vienna (1997); “Journal intime”, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995); “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991″, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (1992). Araki was a recipient of the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts (2008) and the 54th Mainichi Art Award (2012).

More Artwork by Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki 'Kinbaku [Bondage]', 1993, Gelatin silver print, printed later size 39,5 x 31,6 cm, en verso signed in pencil © Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Kinbaku [Bondage]’, 1993, Gelatin silver print, printed later size: 39,5 x 31,6 cm, en verso signed in pencil © Nobuyoshi Araki. Price upon request

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Megumi Kagurazaka (Japanese actress )’, 2014, Silver gelatin print, signed, numbered en verso, edition of 10, size: 110 x 140 cm and other sizes. Price upon request

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Megumi Kagurazaka (Japanese actress ) I’, 2014, Silver gelatin print, signed, numbered en verso, edition of 10, size: 110 x 140 cm and other sizes. Price upon request

 

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Megumi Kagurazaka V’, 2014, Silver gelatin print, signed, numbered en verso, edition of 10, size: 110 x 140 cm

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Megumi Kagurazaka (Japanese actress )V’, 2014, Silver gelatin print, signed, numbered en verso, edition of 10, size: 110 x 140 cm and other sizes. Price upon request

 

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Painting’, 2010, Acrylic on black / white photography, unique, size: 35.6 x 43.2 cm / 14 x 17 inches. Price upon request

Color metallic print 61 x 50.8 cm / 24 x 20 inches

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘From the Series Bondage’, 1997, Color metallic print, signed numbered, edition of 10, size: 61 x 50.8 cm / 24 x 20 in. Price upon request

 

Nobuyoshi Araki: 'Ohne Titel', 1991, C-Print, signed numbered, edition 0f 17, size: 41 x 34 cm.

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Ohne Titel’, 1991, C-Print, signed numbered, edition 0f 10, size: 41 x 34 cm. Price upon request

Nobuyoshi Araki: 'Bodyscapes', 1997, Gelatin silver print, signed numbered, edition 0f 10, size: 46 x 57 cm / 18 1/8 x 22 1/2 inch

Nobuyoshi Araki: ‘Bodyscapes’, 1997, Gelatin silver print, signed numbered, edition 0f 10, size: 46 x 57 cm / 18 1/8 x 22 1/2 inch. Price upon request