Photographing subjects as diverse as flowers, Kinbaku (the Japanese art of rope-tying), and Tokyo street scenes, Nobuyoshi Araki continues to astound viewers with a plethora of beautiful and provocative images. Themes of love, sex, death, consumption, natural beauty, and femininity have inspired Araki since his days as a student of film and photography in the early 1960's. Never willing to compromise his vision, Araki uses photography to enhance and record the strong emotional reactions he has to the subject of life and death.
"Photography is about a single point of a moment. It's like stopping time. As everything gets condensed in that forced instant. But if you keep creating these points, they form a line which reflects your life."
- Nobuyoshi Araki
Born in Tokyo in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki has been active in publishing, photography and filmmaking since his first solo exhibition in 1965 in Japan. Renowned exhibitions include The Cartier Foundation, Paris (1995), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1997), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1999), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art, Hayward Gallery (2001) and Self•Life•Death (2006) at Barbican Art Gallery here in London.
His solo exhibition Nobuyoshi Araki, infamous, controversial, beautiful at Michael Hoppen Contemporary (May 2nd - June 8th 2013) coincided with the limited edition publication Araki by Taschen. Some 400 books about Araki and his work have been published to date, a testament to his prolific output and energy.