ARAKI Nobuyoshi: Photo-Crazy A


As well as the new works that form its core, the exhibition also includes some early photographs and ongoing projects. It is divided into nine sections: Dai Koga (Grand Light Picture Scroll); One Hundred Views of the Sky; One Hundred Views of Flowers; Shakyo Rojin A Nikki 2017.7.7 (A Diary 2017.7.7); The Greengrocer; POLANOGRAPHY; Hi-Nikki (Non-Diary Diary); Yuen no Onna (Captive Women in a Pleasure Garden); and Setsujitsu (Ripping The Truth).

1. Dai Koga (Grand Light Picture Scroll) (New work)

This is one of Araki’s latest series, depicting married women of varied ages. The women’s evident trust of their photographer allows them to transcend a form of self-presentation that is merely sexual to celebrate with their beings the joys of living, and Araki’s camera responds to this transformation with unconstrained encouragement. The presentation of these photographs in the manner of giant scroll-paintings from Japanese history serves to enhance the powerful life force inherent in the pictures. Araki himself has deemed this series “the closest thing to photography as I conceive of it now.” The series also provides an antithesis to homogenous standards of beauty and to the pin-up.

Dai Koga (Grand Light Picture Scroll), 2017

Dai Koga (Grand Light Picture Scroll), 2017