b. 1940, Japan

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.

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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.

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Shijyo Tokyo by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Shijyo Tokyo, 1996 RP Direct print
40 x 60 cm
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Painting Flower by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Painting Flower, 2004 RP Direct print
40 x 60 cm
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Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Theater of Love, c. 1965 Gelatin silver print
16.4 x 12.1 cm
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Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Theater of Love, c. 1965 Gelatin silver print
16.4 x 12.1 cm
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Theater of Love by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Theater of Love, c. 1965 Gelatin silver print
12.1 x 16.4 cm
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Love-Dream, Love-Nothing by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Love-Dream, Love-Nothing, 2018 Gelatin silver print
53 x 42 cm
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Love-Dream, Love-Nothing by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Love-Dream, Love-Nothing, 2018 Gelatin silver print
42 x 53 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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From Close-range by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "From Close-range", 1991/2019 Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum
121.1 x 98.3 cm
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From Close-range by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "From Close-range", 1991/2019 Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum
98.8 x 120.8 cm
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From Close-range by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "From Close-range", 1991/2017 Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum
122.4 x 99.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP Direct print
47 x 59.7 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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67 Shooting Back by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki "67 Shooting Back", 2007 RP direct print
47 x 59.2 cm
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Subway Portraits by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Subway Portraits, 1966 Gelatin silver print
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Umegaoka Elegy  梅ヶ丘墓情 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Umegaoka Elegy 梅ヶ丘墓情, 2019 Gelatin silver print
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Umegaoka Elegy  梅ヶ丘墓情 by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork photography
Nobuyoshi Araki Umegaoka Elegy 梅ヶ丘墓情, 2019 RP-Pro Crystal print
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Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork mixed media
Nobuyoshi Araki Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
43.2 x 35.6 cm
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Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork mixed media
Nobuyoshi Araki Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
35.6 x 43.2 cm
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Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust) by Nobuyoshi Araki contemporary artwork mixed media
Nobuyoshi Araki Saint Laurent Shiki-in (Colour Lust), 2017 Acrylic on gelatin silver print
43.2 x 35.6 cm
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