Araki: Taschen 25th Anniverary Series; ISBN-10: 3822838233.
Araki - I loved Araki's work from the first discovery.
His celebrations of life, sex, death and the base functions are an inspiration - he touches my soul.
Everyday, happysad, bittersweet, joyfulmelancholy - and occasionally downright dirty.
Extra-ordinary, seemingly spontaneous depictions, studies of a 20/21 century man and the world he lives in - the life he leads.
Honest, enthusiastic statements of the things he (we) find dominant in our lives - all the serious trivia we sometimes fail to acknowledge - often deny; flowers, bondage, buildings, erotica, food, lovers, reptiles, sadness in loss, exhibitionism, the whole gangbang of life.
Never mundane - no matter the object/subject of his attention - his desire - the joy of living percolates through his work.
He is bold, daring and original - often opening the door to intimacy - unleashing a rush of deepset erotic imagery.
This book is a rich weave of ideas and experimentation - a summary of his life's work to publication - an anthology of his work to date.
It's the joy of a boy retained in the man - oh! what a lucky guy.
on 18 December 2009
This album contains great deal of exquisite selection of Araki's photography. It shows the beauty of Japanese women, delicate fabulous close up of flowers and plants and daily aspects of life in Nippon. Anyone highly interested in Japanese culture, lifestyle attracted to Japanese girls should get it without the slightest doubt. Strongly recommend, another fantastic album published by Taschen for pretty reasonable price.
on 1 July 2002
Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is perhaps best known for his highly explicit snap-shots of Japanese prostitutes, often tied up in intricate bondage - images which continue to shock and cause controversy whenever they're exhibited. But while it's impossible to deny the ubiquity of sex in the work of a man who famously declared. 'I was no sooner out of my mother's womb than I photographed her vagina!', there's far more to the impish Araki's oeuvre than what may sometimes appear to be the artless, point-and-shoot observations of a dirty old man.
Indeed, both aesthetically and in his intensely personal approach to his art, Araki shares much in common with the American photographer Nan Goldin, with whom he has collaborated. A compulsive snapper, it has been said that Araki lives his life through the lens of a camera. And so, whether it be portraits of his own dying wife, vibrant sensual flowers or lewd and rumbustious scenes from Tokyo's notorious red light district, his work as a whole serves as an ever expanding visual diary of his own, often lurid obsessions.