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Fuyumi Namioka: I think you, Mr. Araki, have been obsessed with reality and fiction. And here’s my question: what is reality to you? Nobuyoshi Araki: I have no idea! Reality to me is such things as enjoying this drink right now. But to be honest, I really have no idea. I just think anything, really. I only press the shutter. But I am sure that I feel something, because the movement of my finger is triggered by something. Fuyumi Namioka in conversation with Nobuyoshi Araki, excerpted from Araki: Love and Death.
In a limited edition of 1,000, nestled in a jewelry-box-proportioned precious object itself protected by a larger canvas and acetate container, 100 never-before-published Polaroids, taken by erotic master Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940), divide their surfaces between images of women and images of the sky. Polarnography collects these objects, box and photographs, in perfect facsimile of their originals. The juxtapositions Araki assembles on the surface of these Polaroids match each other in shapes and colors: lucid clear skies, stark flash on nude skin or fiery overcast sunsets, the mingling of confrontation and vulnerability in bondage. This manifestation of Araki's work is unique in the photographer's otherwise prolific output, as an object to either hide or display, not content to remain inert on the collector's bookshelf.
Published by Steidl/C/O Berlin. Text by Felix Hoffmann.
This book combines Araki’s early Tokyo series with a selection of his recent Polaroid collages and newly developed slide shows—all of them exploring the contradictions between anonymity and intimacy, the public and private sphere, reality and dream. Araki is one of the most influential and widely discussed artists today, legendary for his radical and realistic treatment of nudity, sexuality and the body. Together with Nan Goldin, Larry Clark and Boris Mikhailov, Araki is considered one of the pioneers of intimate subjective photography. Born in Tokyo in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki worked in advertising after completing his studies in photography and film at Chiba University in Tokyo; he devoted himself exclusively to photography from the mid-1960s. Araki’s oeuvre spans erotic portraits of women, artificial still lifes, images of plants, documentary-style depictions of everyday life, and architectural photography, as well as diaristic photos of himself and his deceased wife, Yoko. He has published around 400 books, shown in many international exhibitions and his work is part of important collections worldwide. Araki lives and works in Tokyo.
Nobuyoshi Araki’s (born 1940) Eros Diary is comprised of a series of 77 new black-and-white photographs that break from his traditional ruminations on eroticism and death to reflect more inwardly on the artist’s own life and mortality. These photographs highlight an unusual softness and somber introspection as Araki internalizes recent personal traumatic events, including the loss of his beloved cat, Chiro, his fight with prostate cancer and, later, the loss of vision in his right eye. Each photograph is timestamped in reference to the anniversary of Araki’s marriage to his wife Yoko, who died in 1990. This date also coincides with the Tanabata Festival in Japan, an annual celebration based around “The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl,” a folktale in which two forbidden lovers reunite once a year for a single night. The repetition of this date speaks to the artist’s reverence for his spouse and original muse, while also highlighting her absence in his life.
PUBLISHER Anthony d'Offay
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 7 in. / 92 pgs / 10 color / 77 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/23/2016 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2016 p. 103
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Published by Reflex Editions Amsterdam. Text by Marcel Feil, Robbert Roos.
Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer and the author of over 425 books to date, Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940) is internationally known for his erotic images of tied-up, beautiful nude women. It Was Once a Paradise presents Araki’s most recent photographic series, 40 diptychs that offer a meditation on sex and grief. Each diptych couples a new color photograph of a semi-nude woman in bondage with a black-and-white still life from his personal diary, a somber image taken on his Tokyo balcony: the site of his former private paradise haunted by his deceased wife Yoko and his cat Chiro. Nostalgic ruins contrast with erotic hope, forming a contrast that is echoed in the packaging of the book, which has been designed to be read in either direction, and comes with a choice of two different dust jackets.
PUBLISHER Reflex Editions Amsterdam
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.75 x 13.75 in. / 100 pgs / 41 color / 46 tritone/ Ltd Ed of 750 copies.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/31/2012 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 91
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Published by Errata Editions. Text by Ivan Vartanian, Nobuyoshi Araki, Jeffrey Ladd.
First published in Japan in 1993, Nobuyoshi Araki’s The Banquet (Shokuji) offers a moving tribute to the photographer’s late wife, Yoko, through a photo-diary of the food they shared together in the last months of her life. The book is composed of three related sections: commercial color photographs of meals shot by Araki from 1985 onwards, using a ring flash and a macro lens; a (written) food diary; and black-and-white photographs taken at home, using only available light, a series Araki began after doctors told his wife she had only a month to live. As Martin Parr and Gerry Badger observe, “The obvious metaphor is to suggest that the color was leaving Araki’s world, but his intentions are not quite so simple. The retreat from color is a retreat from realism to romanticism....” This deeply personal diary of loss is here reprinted in its entirety along with an essay by Ivan Vartanian.Errata Editions' Books on Books series is an ongoing publishing project dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts. These are not reprints or facsimiles but complete studies of the original books. Each volume in the series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original master bookwork which, up until now, has been too rare or expensive for most to experience. Through a mix of classic and contemporary titles, this series spans the breadth of photographic practice as it has appeared on the printed page and allows further study of the creation and meanings of these great works of art. Each volume in the series contains illustrations of every page in the original photobook, a new essay by an established writer on photography, production notes about the creation of the original edition and biographical and bibliographical information about each artist.
Published by Silvana Editorale. Edited by Francesca Bernasconi, Fuyumi Namioka. Text by Marco Franciolli, Fuyumi Namioka, Guido Comis.
Japan's most famous photographer, and one of photography's most prolific bookmakers, Nobuyoshi Araki is notorious for his erotic photographs of women in bondage. Japanese bondage, which differs from western bondage in its orchestration of knots and binding to arouse specific points upon the body, offers visual as well as erotic rewards that Araki has scrutinized with great zeal. Araki is able to bestow eroticism upon all manner of natural imagery, but is also celebrated for series such as Sentimental Journey and Winter Journey, which record his marriage and the death of his wife. Driven by an attraction to the uncensored facts of Eros and Thanatos, Araki has always made humanity the center of his concerns; but at several junctures in his career, the authorities have evinced indifference to such motives, removing his work from sale and arresting curators for exhibiting his work. Nonetheless, the craft of Araki's photography is not in doubt, and in recent years, his work has expanded to accommodate broader aspirations, inflected by age: "When I photograph unhappiness I only capture unhappiness," he told Nan Goldin in an interview, "but when I photograph happiness, life, death and everything else comes through." With over 300 photographs, this monumental survey provides a careful selection from his most important photographic cycles, from Satchin and Sentimental Journey to Winter Journey, Cityscapes Polart, Sensual Flowers, Bondage and others, to his most recent works. Born in Tokyo in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki worked at an advertising agency in the 1960s, where he met his future wife, Yoko Araki, the subject of his now classic volume Sentimental Journey. Her last days were recorded in a 1990 volume called Winter Journey. At the age of 70 his prolificness remains undimmed: "It is my past and the lust for life that is pushing me to take pictures now."
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 10 x 11 in. / 400 pgs / 745 color and bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/31/2011 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2011 p. 39
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Published by Graphic-Sha Publishing Co., Ltd.. Text by Nobuyoshi Araki.
Nobuyoshi Araki is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose erotically charged work has put him at the forefront of contemporary Japanese photography. This volume is dedicated to images of Araki's favorite model, Shino, and presents her in Araki's classic style. She appears clothed and unclothed, bound by ropes, in the bath, indoors and out, all with his signature cinematic touch. Featuring over 70 images in both color and black and white, Shino is sure to appeal to Araki's legion of fans.
PUBLISHER Graphic-Sha Publishing Co., Ltd.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 10.5 x 8.75 in. / 96 pgs / 38 color / 36 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/2/2002 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2001
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Published by Korinsha Press. Photographs by Toshihara Ito. Text by Nobuyoshi Araki.
Although only recently recognized by American and European audiences, the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is a cult figure in his birthplace. His predominantly black-and-white images always revolve around Tokyo, the preferred stage for his photography, which explores life 'in the shadow of death'. In addition to his trademark nudes, Tokyo Nouvelle is a kaleidoscope of images that capture the spirit of Tokyo through still lifes, architecture, and everyday objects.
PUBLISHER Korinsha Press
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.75 x 8.5 in. / 96 pgs / 40 color / 120 duotone
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 5/2/1998 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 1997
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9784771328327TRADE List Price: $29.95 CDN $35.00