Nobuyoshi Araki Artworks

Nobuyoshi Araki's photography with its unwavering vision and obsession with portraying his own experiences, both sexual and otherwise, ran counter to the prevailing documentary impulse of post-war Japan. Araki developed an autobiographical, deeply personal narrative mode of image-making which he termed 'I-photography' (shi-shashin), a direct response to the 'I-novel' (shi-shōsetsu), a confessional genre which dominated Japanese literature in the twentieth century.

Read More

Photobooks

In 1971, Araki began documenting his honeymoon with Yoko, capturing both its mundane and erotic moments. The result was Sentimental Journey (1971), regarded as one of the most important Japanese photobooks of the twentieth century.

His Pseudo-Reportage photobook (1980) which paired black and white images of female boxers and sex club scenes with dates related to the atomic bombings of WWII pointed to the highly subjective nature of photography. His eroticised nudes, for which he is most well-known, violated Japanese prohibitions against the depiction of pubic hair, yet also contributed to the loosening of censorship laws upon photographers.

Araki movingly photographed his wife's battle with ovarian cancer and eventual death in 1990. In 2008, he drew parallels with photography's decline and his own diagnosis with cancer. In 2014, he staged Love on the Left Eye which erased the right side of his photographs reflecting the blindness in his right eye. Araki has published over 500 photobooks.

Browse Artworks
qARADISE by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki qARADISE, 2014 Archival Pigment Print
35 x 47 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
qARADISE by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki qARADISE, 2014 Archival Pigment print
35 x 47 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
qARADISE by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki qARADISE, 2014 Archival Pigment Print
35 x 47 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
qARADISE by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki qARADISE, 2014 Archival Pigment Print
35 x 47 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
qARADISE by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki qARADISE, 2014 Archival Pigment Print
35 x 47 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 Gelatin Silver Print
34 x 26 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 Gelatin Silver Print
34 x 26 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 Gelatin Silver Print
34 x 26 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 Gelatin Silver Print
34 x 26 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
It Was Once Paradise by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki It Was Once Paradise, 2011 silver gelatin print and c-print
80 x 50 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 Silver gelatin print
60 x 90 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 c-print
60 x 90 cm
Sold
Reflex Amsterdam
Kaori by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Kaori, 2001-2008 c-print
60 x 90 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Megumi Kagurazaka #5 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Megumi Kagurazaka #5, 2014 silver gelatin print
110 x 140 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
Megumi Kagurazaka #1 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Megumi Kagurazaka #1, 2014 Silver gelatin print
140 x 110 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
from the series Alluring Hell by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki from the series Alluring Hell, 2008 hand-painted silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
from the series Alluring Hell by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki from the series Alluring Hell, 2008 hand-painted silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Request Price & Availability
From the series Alluring Hell by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki From the series Alluring Hell, 2008 hand-painted silver gelatin print
56 x 46 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
from the series Alluring Hell by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki from the series Alluring Hell, 2008 hand-painted silver gelatin print
56 x 46 cm
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
No results found.
Ocula discover the best in contemporary art icon.
Get Access
Join Ocula to request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Do you have an Ocula account? Login
What best describes your interest in art?

Subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming exhibitions, available works, events and more.
By clicking Sign Up or Continue with Facebook or Google, you agree to Ocula's Terms & Conditions. Your personal data is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
Thank you for joining us. Just one more thing...
Soon you will receive an email asking you to complete registration. If you do not receive it then you can check and edit the email address you entered.
Close
Thank you for joining us.
You can now request price and availability of artworks, exhibition price lists and build a collection of favourite artists, galleries and artworks.
Close
Welcome back to Ocula
Enter your email address and password below to login.
Reset Password
Enter your email address to receive a password reset link.
Reset Link Sent
We have sent you an email containing a link to reset your password. Simply click the link and enter your new password to complete this process.
Login