Nobuyoshi Araki – Shinseiki No Shashin
Publisher: Aat Room, 2001
Hardcover, 192 pages, Japanese
Born in 1940 in Tokyo (Japan), NOBUYOSHI ARAKI lives and works in Tokyo. A major figure in contemporary Japanese photography, Nobuyoshi Araki is known worldwide for his photographs of women bound according to the ancestral rules of Kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage, a practice going back to the 15th century. He focuses on using only film, at a time when digital camera is booming. From flowers to ties, there is in Araki’s photographs some hints of misery and an almost baroque dazzling, which recalls Caravaggesque paintings.