Born in 1940 in Tokyo, Nobuyoshi Araki is a Tokyo-based photographer known for his diaristic capturing of everyday life. 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. Voluptuousflowers, nudes in bondage, skyscapes, food, Tokyo streets, his pet cat - bringing out the intense Eros andThanatos of such subjects, Nobuyoshi Araki has established his own photographic world, and in turnreceived high praise at home and abroad as a standard-bearer of Japanese photography.Read More
Araki’s solo exhibitions include Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991, Forum Stadtpark, Graz (1992); Journal intime, Fondation Cartier pour I’art contemporain, Paris (1995); Tokyo Comedy, WienerSecession, Vienna (1997); ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life, Museum ofContemporary Art, Tokyo (1999); Nobuyoshi Araki, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuelle Kunst, Gent (2000); Tokyo Still Life, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2001); Suicide in Tokyo, Italian Pavilion, Italia, Giardini diCastello, Venice (2002); Hana-Jinsei, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2003); NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death, the Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005); Nobuyoshi ArakiPhotobook Exhibition: Arākī, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka (2012); The Photography Book ofRebirth in the Pure Land / Face, Skyscape, Road, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi (2014); ARAKI Ojo Shashu - Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell, Foam Photography Museum,Amsterdam (2014); ARAKI, Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris (2016); ARAKINobuyoshi: Photo-Crazy A, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (2017); ARAKI Nobuyoshi: SentimentalJourney 1971-2017-, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo (2017).
Araki is a recipient of the Taiyo prize for Satchin (1964); Shashin-no-kai Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan (1990); the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts (Austrian Embassy,2008); the 54th Mainichi Art Award (2012).
Text courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
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