Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death

Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death


Edited by Akiko Miki, By (author) Nobuyoshi Araki, By (author) Yoshiko Isshiki, By (author) Ian Jeffrey, By (author) Barbican Art Gallery, Edited by Tomoko Sato, By (photographer) Nobuyoshi Araki

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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 290mm x 66mm | 3,121g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714845558
  • ISBN 13: 9780714845555
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 960,748

Product description

Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan's greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. The more than 300 books he has published over the last four decades attest to his inexhaustible creative energy, while his work, which often challenges social taboos surrounding sex and death, has drawn critical attention both at home and abroad. This major publication provides the most comprehensive overview yet of Araki's highly prolific forty-year career. Araki's key series of works are included alongside many new and previously unpublished photographs.

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Author information

Akiko Miki is a curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and contributor to art magazines including Bijutsu Techo, Studio Voice, Tema Celeste and Exit Express. Yoshiko Isshiki has been working with Araki for over 10 years and has been closely involved in all exhibitions of Araki's work in Europe. Tomoko Sato is a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, where she has organized and curated a wide range of exhibitions. She has edited and published a number of books and catalogues. Kotaro Iizawa is a photography critic and writer. He is the author of many books on Japanese photography, including Araki!: The Legacy of a Prodigy (1994). He was also the founder of Deja-vu magazine (1990). Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. His books include Magnum Landscape (1997) and Shomei Tomatsu (2001), also published by Phaidon. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator (at Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), writer, editor and interviewer. Yuko Tanaka is Professor at Hosei University, Tokyo, and has written extensively on Japanese literature and culture during the Edo period (1600-1868). Jonathan Watkins is Director of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. He was the Artistic Director of the 11th Sydney Biennale (1998) and has curated many exhibitions, including 'Nobuyoshi Araki: Tokyo Still Life' (2001).

Review quote

'The work of Nobuyoshi Araki is virtually impossible to sum up in a few words. But here goes ... gritty reportage, rope bondage, dead cats, naked women, naked women drinking coke, and the occasional naked woman covered in small lizards. Phew! ... If nothing else, Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death is guaranteeed to cause heated debate!' (Practial Photography)

Table of contents

* 1,200 reproductions * essays by Ian Jeffrey, Akiko Miko, Yuko Tanaka and Jonathan Watkins * interview by Hans-Ulrich Obrist * a complete, illustrated, annotated bibliography of Araki's 200 plus books by Kohtaro Iizawa * anthology of Araki's writings edited by Tomoko Sato and translated into English for the first time * a chronology of Araki's life illustrated with personal pictures