Inside Nobuyoshi Araki's "Tokyo" (NSFW)

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The famed Provoke-era photographer Nobuyoshi Araki is known for his gritty erotic photography, but a part of his oeuvre has much to do with the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

The series "Tokyo" is one Araki's earliest independent projects, containing rarely seen photographs from the photographer. It marks as the beginning of Araki's relentless exploration of the city and urban life.

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, UNTITLED, 1971, FROM: TOKYO, 1973 8.5 x 13 cm Bavarian Gelatin Collection, Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2004 acquired by PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne (GV 162) © Nobuyoshi Araki; NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, UNTITLED, 1971, FROM: TOKYO, 1973 8.5 x 13 cm Bavarian Gelatin Collection, Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2004 acquired by PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne (GV 162) © Nobuyoshi Araki

One would notice how the artist would combine portraits of strangers and passers-by, showing Araki's observant eye and perceptiveness of the street life. The 60's was an important time for Tokyo --one of the first and rare times the Japanese have shackled away from the government in favor of alternative ideas and principles in society and politics. Araki contrasts private and public, clothed and naked, intimate and distant as he chameleons into an anonymous spectator.

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, UNTITLED, FROM: THE PAST, 1972/73, BEFORE 1993 Gelatin silver print, various sizes Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Munich © Nobuyoshi Araki; NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, UNTITLED, 1971, FROM: TOKYO, 1973 8.5 x 13 cm Bavarian Gelatin Collection, Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2004 acquired by PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne (GV 162) © Nobuyoshi Araki; NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, UNTITLED, 1971, FROM: TOKYO, 1973 8.5 x 13 cm Bavarian Gelatin Collection, Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2004 acquired by PIN. Friends of the Pinakothek der Moderne (GV 162) © Nobuyoshi Araki

Images are from the press kit.

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2 Comments

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Recently read Araki's early photo book @fajaryayat 's lab where there's no nude girl at all 😈😜 but it's awesome really capturing Japan after world war 2 and as Oshin j-dorama lover I really like his book

  2. jean_louis_pujol
    jean_louis_pujol ·

    Great photographer. My favourite Japanese photographer with Moriyama.

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