b. 1940, Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki is a celebrated and controversial Japanese photographer whose work revolves around
female eroticism, women’s bodies in Japanese bondage, and his fascination with his birthplace of Tokyo,
Japan. With his notoriously provocative images, Araki has been involved in both scandals of attempted
censorship and the subject of much controversial attention from critics and the press. Other important themes
that motivate Araki’s work include flowers, kinbaku (the Japanese art of rope-tying), the endless cycle of life
and death, and the exploration of this precarious relationship. Since the inception of his practice in the 1960s,
Araki has continued to astound viewers with a plethora of beautiful and provocative images and become one of
his country’s most eminent and prolific photographers, having published over 450 photobooks of his works.
His work is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg,
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Museo Civico d’Arte di Modena, Museum der Moderne Salzburg,
Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Museum Moderner Kunst,
Vienna, Peter Norton Collection (Tate UK), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Gallery of Modern Art San Francisco,
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Museum of Modern Art,
New York, among many others.