Nobuyoshi Araki: Self Life Death

Abridged edition

An introduction to Japan's greatest living, and most notorious, photographer.

Nobuyoshi Araki


Price: USD$49.95

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  • Arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer – and certainly its most controversial – Nobuyoshi Araki (b.1940) consistently challenges artistic and social conventions in postwar Japan by referencing the country’s rich history of restraint, commercialism and eroticism
  • This new abridged edition includes all of Araki’s major bodies of work, such as Sentimental Journey (1971), Winter Journey (1991) and Erotos (1993)
  • Araki’s prolific 48 year career is represented through his finest and most iconic images all in a lavishly produced, large-format book
  • Araki’s writings, widely admired in Japan, are also included, providing a unique opportunity for the English reader to discover the artist and his motivations
  • In this affordable and accessible format, a new audience of photography students and enthusiasts will be able to own the definitive work on this influential photographer


About the book
Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan's greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. The more than 300 books he has published over the last four decades attest to his inexhaustible creative energy, while his work, which often challenges social taboos surrounding sec and death, has drawn critical attention both at home and abroad. This new abridged edition of Phaidon's highly acclaimed Self, Life, Death, includes the finest and most iconic images from throughout Araki's career, all presented in a beautiful, expanded format that allows the pictures room to breathe. This accessible and affordable format will bring a new audience of students and photography enthusiasts to the work of this influential photographer.


About the author(s)
Akiko Miki is a curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and contributor to art magazines including Bijutsu Techo, Studio Voice, Tema Celeste and Exit Express.

Yoshiko Isshiki has been working with Araki for over 10 years and has been closely involved in all exhibitions of Araki's work in Europe.

Tomoko Sato is a curator at the Mucha Foundation, Prague, having previously worked as a curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. She has organized a wide range of exhibitions and has edited and published a number of books and catalogues, including Japan and Britain: An Aesthetic Dialogue 1850–1930 (1991).

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