May 25, 1940 |
|Known for||photographer and contemporary artist|
|Notable work||over 350 photography books, including Sentimental Journey, Tokyo Lucky Hole, and Shino|
Life and career
Having published over 350 books by 2005, and still more every year, Araki is considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan and around the world. Many of his photographs are erotic; some have been called pornographic. Among his photography books are Sentimental Journey (1971, but later reissued), and Tokyo Lucky Hole (1985). Sentimental journey "1972-1992" is a diary of life with his wife Aoki Yoko until she died of ovarian cancer in 1990. The first part of Sentimental journey sees the couple embarking on married life – their honeymoon and having sex. Pictures taken during her last days were published in Winter Journey.
In 1981, Araki directed High School Girl Fake Diary (女高生偽日記 Jokōsei nise nikki?), a Roman Porno film for Nikkatsu studio. The film proved to be a disappointment both to Araki's fans, and to fans of the pink film genre.
The Icelandic musician Björk is an admirer of Araki's work, and served as one of his models. At her request he photographed the cover and inner sleeve pages of her 1997 remix album, Telegram. More recently, he has photographed pop singer Lady Gaga. Araki's life and work were the subject of Travis Klose's 2005 documentary film Arakimentari.
In 2014, the Italian philosopher Mario Perniola wrote the essay Araki's Hell, included in the volume Photography for the Afterlife.
In 2005, an American director, Travis Klose recorded a documentary about Araki called Arakimentari, which discusses his personal lifestyles and his arts.
In 2010, Araki's cat, Chiro died of old age.
In October of 2013, Araki lost the vision in his right eye due to a retinal artery obstruction. Despite this, the 74 years old man utilised this as an inspiration to exhibit his works, called "Love on the left eye", which was held on the 21st of June 2014 at the Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 
- 1964: Sun Prize, Japan.
- 1990: Society of Photography Award, Japan.
- 1991: 7th Higashikawa Prize.
- 1994: Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix.
- 2008: Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.
- 2005: Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
- 2006: Implosion (Ten Year Anniversary), Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
- 2008: Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
- 2009: Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
- 2015: The Pistils Waltz, Gallery 51, Antwerp.
Araki's work is held in the following public collections:
- The number depends on such things as how new compilations of previously published are counted. But Kōtarō Iizawa counted 357 in Araki-bon! 1970–2005 (荒木本！ 1970–2005) / A Book of Araki Books! 1970–2005 (Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppansha, 2006; ISBN 4-568-12071-3). (Despite the alternative title in English, the book is only in Japanese.)
- "Interview with Nobuyoshi Araki". invisiblephotographer.
- Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.
- Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books: Asian Cult Cinema Publications. p. 196. ISBN 1-889288-52-7.
- Alessandra Turra (December 30, 2014), Nobuyoshi Araki Lenses Bottega Veneta Campaign Women's Wear Daily.
- Kurt Easterwood, "Araki’s latest work born of his fight with cancer," Japanexposures.com, 7 October 2009. Accessed October 24, 2010.
- "Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki × Chiro ‘Japan’s Most Famous Cat’".
- "Nobuyoshi Araki: Love on the Left Eye".
- "Araki's World - Solo Exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki".
- "Nobuyoshi Araki". Artuner.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1875. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death. Phaidon Press, New York 2005. ISBN 0-7148-4555-8.
- Nobuyoshi Araki: Photography for the Afterlife, Tokyo, Heibonsha, 2014.
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- Works by or about Nobuyoshi Araki in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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