Araki by Araki. The Photographer´s Personal Selection.

Araki Nobuyoshi, as I am sure most of you know, is this controversial photographer from Japan that has a lot of sexual pictures, some of them even pornographic, and has been banned in his own country a few times and seems like he slept with all his models.

Well, part of that is true (I leave to you to find out what), but Araki is actually a much more accomplished artist. Controversy is just one element of many in his work.

This book here is, as its title clearly states, a selection made by Araki himself, of photographs taken in an almost 40 years span of time: 1963 – 2002

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The book is divided in years, one chapter for each year and it covers the whole range of Araki´s ouvre. It is actually amazing to see how much variety and styles Araki has had through all these years.

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Of course you will find sexual stuff in the book, but I just don´t find it offensive at all as I think it is pretty well done and in good taste.

The book design is also pretty good, some pictures taking a  full-page, some other pages full of stuff, and all done beautifully. Kudos to the designers.

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BW, color, flowers, food, cats, people, portraits, candid pictures, sex, death, kids, landscapes, alleys… All is here so this book could be considered a great introduction to the artist.

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The book is thick, 410 pages, and it was published in 2003 by publishing titan Kodansha. I got in amazon at around 50 bucks. I think is out of print but that is not much of a problem as you can find a lot of Araki materials on print, like the Taschen books. and many more. This one reviewed here is just one if the finest I could find.

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