Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is one of the most celebrated Japanese artists of our time. Ever since he started his photographic career in the mid-sixties, Araki has taken tens of thousands of photographs and published more than 450 photobooks.
His photographs are personal, indifferent, random, accidental, prurient, erotic, anarchistic, touching, vulgar, sentimental. The cumulative effect is overwhelming. Araki is an international master of photography, noted for his seemingly detached Kinbaku-photographs; Kinbaku, ‘the art of tight binding’, is a Japanese style of rope bondage. Simultaneously his work is very intimate and personal, often closely related to his Tokyo surroundings and to the memories of the marriage with his late wife Yoko until her death in 1990. Only by distancing himself through his lens, keeping life at an arms length, the artist can truly approach reality and eventually reconcile life and death.
Parallel with this show in the gallery, Araki’s retrospective and his recent works will be shown in FOAM Photography Museum of Amsterdam: ARAKI Ojo Shashu – Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell.
Locatie: REFLEX AMSTERDAM, WETERINGSCHANS 79 A, 1017 RX AMSTERDAM