Nobuyoshi Araki

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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