Shimpyosha, Japan

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.


Nobuyoshi Araki - The World of Nobuyoshi Araki (1982)
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