© Nobuyoshi Araki
© Nobuyoshi Araki
© Nobuyoshi Araki

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI

Nobuyoshi Araki was born in Tokyo in 1940. He lives and works in Tokyo where he has spent much of his life: in fact his entire work has the character of an homage to this city. In 1963 Araki completed his studies in photography and cinematography at Chiba University and  began working on a 16-mm-film portraying a young boy. Even at this early stage, his production was characterised by large-scale set-ups. In 1964 the photographs taken of those children earned Araki the Taiyo Prize, an award devoted to the support and advancement of young Japanese photographers. In 1964 he put on his first exhibition at the Shinjuku Station Building entitled Satchin and His Brother Mabo. Araki attracted public attention through his books, which he began publishing in 1970. In 1971 his work was presented at the 10th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan in Tokyo, and during the 70’s Araki put on several solo exhibitions all over Japan. Since the early 80’s his work has been shown also in Europe (Austria, Italy, Germany and Spain). From 1983 to 1985, when Tokyo’s sex industry was at its peak, Araki experienced and portrayed the city’s adult entertainment spots, photographing in particular the red-light area of Kabuki-cho in Shinjuku. Araki restored the right of self-determination to the female body. His vast photographic production made him publishing as photo series in periodicals or photographic monographs and reached an extremely wide public. His photographs (works available for sale), like no other form of artistic expression, provides a revealing picture of contemporary Japanese society. Araki has been exhibited worldwide in Museums and galleries and represented by Photology since 1998 with shows in Milano, Bologna, London, Munich and Knokke. In the same year Photology published his best seller pocket size Nobuyoshi Araki - Tokyo Nostalgia (book available for sale), with extensive texts by Giampiero Mughini and Ettore Sottsass.