On initially leafing through this book on first receipt I must admit I did not get it at all.I was well aware of the reputation of Araki for both his prolific output and eclectic choice of subject matter - all life is here - but was rather nonplussed.Further inpections of the contents however started to reveal a lot more and without wishing to sound pretentious a deeper meaning to the work on show became evident. The secret to viewing these pictures is to understand that they come from a different culture to ours in the UK and relate to the unique history and social mores of Japanese society.Some effort required on the part of the "reader" but eventually you begin to see his way.
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I had heard good things about this book so I ordered it. It IS a richly illustrated book, packed with beautiful photos... and some that have you wondering just what goes on in this guy's head.
The nudes and portraits are beautiful, as are the flowers and the diary, as well as the opening 1960s section. However, what leaves a really bad taste in the mouth are the bondage photos. How the hell this sicko can persuade women to allow themselves to be suspended from ropes, tied up like meat and exposed is beyond me. Some people find images like these thought-provoking, others might find them erotic. To be these bondage photos are just perverted.
Sad that they are the images that linger, rather than the beautiful ones - like the girl on the cover.
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Great Book7 Jan. 2009
Leonardn O. Norris
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This book the pictures are mostly in black & white there are some randome pictures of people in Japan & a lot of Japanese women.this book is great for the pictures & any one who likes just looking at another photagraphers pictures I look at this book often & Highly Recommend it to any one who appreciates Unusual photos.