ARAKI~Noboyushi – ‘Noboyushi Araki: Self, Life, Death’ (sold)


Author: Miki, Ian Jeffrey, Yuko Tanaka and Jonathan Watkins~Akiko
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd, London
Year: 2005
Artist: ARAKI~Noboyushi
ISBN: 0-7148-4555-8

Noboyushi Araki: Self, Life, Death

Hardcover, with dust jacket, 290 x 214 mm, 720 pp., 800 colour ill. and 400 b/w . text E.- Interview Hans-Ulrich Obrist- Komplete, geïllustreerde en geannoteerde bibliografie van Araki`s 200 boeken door Kohtaro Iizawa- Anthology van Araki`s geschriften bewerkt door Tomoko Sato en voor het eerst vertaald in het Engels- Chronologische biografie van Araki, geïllustreerd met persoonlijke afbeeldingen.Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japans greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. His inexhaustible creative energy is attested to by the more than 300 books he has published in the last four decades, while his work, which often challenges social taboos surrounding sex and death, has drawn critical attention both at home and abroad.

In 1971 Araki privately published Sentimental Journey, an intimate account of his honeymoon with his wife Yoko. In the Preface to this book, Araki declared that his point of departure as a photographer was love … and the idea of an I-novel [a form of Japanese fiction written autobiographically and in the first person]. With this statement, Araki established the genre of I-photography, in which his own life and feelings became the central subject of his work. The idea was to have a great impact on a new generation of Japanese photographers, especially in the 1990s.

By 1990, the year of Yoko’s death, Araki had produced an immense body of work. Through his photographs he has created his own universe, where the themes of sex, life and death are closely intertwined. Tokyo, Araki?’s home city, often plays a leitmotif in his work, while his rich visual vocabulary is drawn from the erotic Shunga of the Eda period (1600 till 1867) as well as the glossy imagery of the new commercial culture. Through his innovative approach to his medium sometimes combining painting, drawing and film . Araki has become an influential figure in contemporary art, beyond the field of photography.

This major publication provides the most comprehensive overview yet of Araki’s prolific 40-year career. Araki’s key series of works are included alongside many rare and previously unpublished photographs. Featuring an interview and essays by writers from Japan and Europe, this book examines Araki from a broad range of perspectives and gives a cultural context to his work. Also included are a large selection of Araki’s writings, translated into English for the first time, as well as complete illustrated and annotated bibliography of his own books. Reflecting Araki’s principle of I-photography, the book is divided into three sections that follow the main recurring themes in his work: Self, Life and Death.

about the author

Akiko Miki is a curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and contributor to art magazines including Bijutsu Techo, Studio Voice, Tema Celeste and Exit Express.

Yoshiko Isshiki has been working with Araki for over 10 years and has been closely involved in all exhibitions of Araki-s work in Europe.

Tomoko Sato is a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, where she has organized and curated a wide range of exhibitions. She has edited and published a number of books and catalogues.

Kotaro Iizawa is a photography critic and writer. He is the author of many books on Japanese photography, including Araki!: The Legacy of a Prodigy (1994). He was also the founder of Déja-vu magazine (1990).

Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. His books include Magnum Landscape (1997) and Shomei Tomatsu (2001), also published by Phaidon.

Hans-Ulrich Obrist is a curator (at Musée d`Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), writer, editor and interviewer.

Yuko Tanaka is Professor at Hosei University, Tokyo, and has written extensively on Japanese literature and culture during the Edo period (1600 till1868).

Jonathan Watkins is Director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. He was the Artistic Director of the 11th Sydney Biennale (1998) and has curated many exhibitions, including Nobuyoshi Araki: Tokyo Still Life (2001).

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