Featuring a selection of original works, mainly on Polaroid, this exhibition highlights the obsessive and spontaneous nature of one of the most exciting photographers of the modern era.
Nobuyoshi Araki, (b. 1940, Tokyo) is characterised by his unapologetic approach to photography, exploring themes of intimacy, human relationships, and the unfiltered aspects of everyday life. Following his graduation from Chiba University in 1963, Araki embarked on a career as a commercial photographer. However, it was in 1971 when his name gained widespread recognition after he published Senchimentaru na tabi (Sentimental Journey), the now internationally acclaimed photobook, capturing moments from his honeymoon with his wife, Yoko, a central figure in his photographic exploration.
Araki’s use of Polaroid photography, which has become a signature of his artistic expression, emphasises the desire for immediacy and candidness in his work. Often cutting, splicing or applying paint to his films, he seamlessly blends the erotic and the mundane. Araki’s work challenges convention and has opened dialogues around sexuality, love, human connection and death.
Nobuyoshi Araki’s unrelenting approach to the photographic medium has seen him produce a vast body of work that has been exhibited in major galleries and museums around the world. Some of these include the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Barbican Art Gallery in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. His contributions to the field of photography have earned him a lasting place in the annals of contemporary art.
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