Age has not made Nobuyoshi Araki less perverse, at 75 the Japanese photographer still loves a good phallic symbol, but look further and there’s a gentleness and appreciation of beauty that goes beyond women in states of undress. Alternately a misogynist or a subversive genius, depending on whom you ask, Araki is best known for his photos of kinbaku, a Japanese style of bondage using ropes tied into intricate patterns.
Araki hasn’t slowed down with age, still hugely energetic and a voracious photographer of every aspect of daily life in Japan, he has now published over 400 books and been in over 280 solo exhibitions, with his work having inspired some of the biggest names in music and fashion.
77 of Araki’s new photographs are being shown in Eros Diary, an exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York. There is still Araki as we know him, but even the erotic images are a little more restrained – a kimono falling open, a dress strap off the shoulder.