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).

5. The Greengrocer (Early work; shown for the first time 50 years after its creation)

The Greengrocer is the first volume of one of Araki’s early scrapbooks. To this day, Araki continues to value scrapbooks as important starting point for his work. The scrapbook presents pictures of the Ginza greengrocer who Araki often passed during the time when he was working for Dentsu (1963-72). Resonant with human feeling, the photos bring to mind the techniques for capturing people’s lives often used in movies. The display includes a projected slideshow of all the pages of the scrapbook, showing their charm to full effect.

The Greengrocer, 1964