The previous reviewer missed the point completely - controversial yes, pornographer no. He is Japan's greatest living photographer and this comprehensive over view of his life's work shown at the Barbican in London proves that's there's a lot more to Araki than some naked Geisha girls. Most powerful is Araki's use of photography to capture memory and loss, as in his work about and with his wife and collaborator Yoko Aoki.We see a profoundly personal iconography developed by the pair and continued by Araki after Yoko's death to trace their relationship. This is a beautifully produced book, shows the gentler side to Araki's work - as with the many portraits of ordinary Japanese - as well as the sheer energy and exhilaration of his photography. Phaidon excel in big, sumptuous coffee table books and this one does not disappoint - it really is a gorgeously put together book
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