Hardcover in glossy slip case. 568 pp., Color, b/w illus. throughout.
Signed by the artist on page with self-portrait photograph.
English, Japanese, French and German text.
Slight damage to bottom right corner of slipcase and catalogue.
Nobuyoshi Araki himself distills decades' worth of images down to 568 pages in this ultimate retrospective of his career. This standard edition with updated appendix, is an intimate collection that delves into Araki's work to showcase his best-known subjects: sensual, colorful flowers, and women tied up in kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage. Describing his bondage photographs as ‘a collaboration between the subject and the photographer’, Araki seeks to come closer to his female subjects through photography, emphasizing the role of spoken conversation between himself and the model. In his native Japan, he has attained cult status for many women who feel liberated by his readiness to photograph the expression of their desire.