Nobuyoshi Araki

Nobuyoshi Araki
Junenme no Senchimentaru na Tabi / Sentimental Journey: the 10th Anniversary

Very rare, 1982 first printing of Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Sentimental Journey 10th Anniversary” photobook. One of Araki’s beautiful, scarce 1980’s diary books, this volume “Records Araki and Yoko’s month-long journey in June 1981 to France, Spain and Argentina to commemorate their tenth wedding anniversary, combining Yoko’s writing and Araki’s snapshots”–Kotaro Iizawa, Araki: Self, Life, Death. Texts in Japanese. Hardcover edition with original publisher’s obi-strip.

Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific Japanese 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 and lifelong muse, essayist Aoki Yoko (whom the artist credits for making him a photographer), during their honeymoon. To date the 75 year old has produced 450 photo books and counting. With a repertoire that knows no boundaries, Araki’s diaristic style of photography has captured the world around him (his cat Chiro, the people and landscapes of Japan and his travels, flowers, family), though it is Araki’s intensely sexual imagery that has elicited particular controversy and fascination throughout his career. Similarly to Helmut Newton, Araki has often addressed subversive themes — such as bondage in the Japanese style Kinbaku — in his provocative depictions of female nudes. 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. Pushing against the world of commercialised photography, he is celebrated for his history of self-publishing and distributing his work, beginning with his Xerox Photo Albums of 1970. Amongst many others, Araki has collaborated with American photographer Nan Goldin and Icelandic musician Björk.

* Condition: Very Good (light tanning to dust jacket, preserved in plastic with original obi-strip, clean, tight throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Nobuyoshi Araki
High School Girl Fake Diary

Very rare, early 1981 photo-book/diary by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, who became an icon of photographic publishing and one of Japan’s most celebrated and prolific photographers. This book was published as Araki’s behind the scenes diary to High School Girl Fake Diary, a soft-core pink film, or pinku (a specific type of Japanese pornographic film made by independent studios) directed by Araki and released in 1981 by Nikkatsu movie studios under its Roman Porno genre – dramatised porn. The film was poorly received and disappointed fans of the genre and Araki himself, but the book, full of Araki’s casual imagery on and off the set working and playing with the film’s stars, technicians, composers and crew, became a sought-after oddity of Araki’s publishing oeuvre. Not only is it a fine example of his famed early diary books, packed full of rarely seen Araki photographs, it also gives a rare and candid glimpse inside the world of independent film-making in Japan. Texts in Japanese.

Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific Japanese 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 and lifelong muse, essayist Aoki Yoko (whom the artist credits for making him a photographer), during their honeymoon. To date the 75 year old has produced 450 photo books and counting. With a repertoire that knows no boundaries, Araki’s diaristic style of photography has captured the world around him (his cat Chiro, the people and landscapes of Japan and his travels, flowers, family), though it is Araki’s intensely sexual imagery that has elicited particular controversy and fascination throughout his career. Similarly to Helmut Newton, Araki has often addressed subversive themes — such as bondage in the Japanese style Kinbaku — in his provocative depictions of female nudes. 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. Pushing against the world of commercialised photography, he is celebrated for his history of self-publishing and distributing his work, beginning with his Xerox Photo Albums of 1970. Amongst many others, Araki has collaborated with American photographer Nan Goldin and Icelandic musician Björk.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (dust jacket and book clean and tight, preserved in plastic) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Nobuyoshi Araki
Araki Nobuyoshi no sekai / The World of Nobuyoshi Araki

Rare, early 1982 special edition book-journal dedicated to the work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, who became an icon of photographic publishing and one of Japan’s most celebrated and prolific photographers. “Bessatsu Shinpyo, summer edition: Araki Nobuyoshi no sekai” – “The World of Nobuyoshi Araki.”, a 202 page documentary record complementing “The Truth About Nobuyoshi Araki,” concluding with a chronology of Araki’s career compiled by Akira Suei.”–Kotaro Iizawa, Araki: Self, Life, Death. Texts in Japanese.

Nobuyoshi Araki is a prolific Japanese 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 and lifelong muse, essayist Aoki Yoko (whom the artist credits for making him a photographer), during their honeymoon. To date the 75 year old has produced 450 photo books and counting. With a repertoire that knows no boundaries, Araki’s diaristic style of photography has captured the world around him (his cat Chiro, the people and landscapes of Japan and his travels, flowers, family), though it is Araki’s intensely sexual imagery that has elicited particular controversy and fascination throughout his career. Similarly to Helmut Newton, Araki has often addressed subversive themes — such as bondage in the Japanese style Kinbaku — in his provocative depictions of female nudes. 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. Pushing against the world of commercialised photography, he is celebrated for his history of self-publishing and distributing his work, beginning with his Xerox Photo Albums of 1970. Amongst many others, Araki has collaborated with American photographer Nan Goldin and Icelandic musician Björk.

* Condition: Very Good (light rubbing to cover, clean, tight throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

 

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PROVOKE
Between Protest and Performance - Photography in Japan 1960 / 1975


The short-lived Japanese magazine “Provoke,” founded in 1968, is nowadays recognized as a major contribution to postwar photography in Japan, featuring the country’s finest representatives of protest photography, vanguard fine art and critical theory in only three issues overall. The magazine’s goal was to mirror the complexities of Japanese society and its art world of the 1960s, a decade shaped by the country’s first large-scale student protests. The movement yielded a wave of new books featuring innovative graphic design combined with photography: serialized imagery, gripping text-image combinations, dynamic cropping and the use of provocatively “poor” materials. The writings and images by “Provoke”‘s members-critic Koji Taki, poet Takahiko Okada, photographers Takuma Nakahira, Yakata Takanashi and Daido Moriyama-were suffused with the tactics developed by Japanese protest photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu, who pointed at and criticized the mythologies of modern life.

This enormous “Provoke” book accompanies the first exhibition ever to be held on the magazine and its creators. Illuminating the various uses of photography in Japan at the time, the catalogue focuses on selected projects undertaken between 1960 and 1975 that offer a strongly interpretative account of currents in Japanese art and society at a moment of historical collapse and renewal.

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