The Incomplete Photograph (NSFW) Uncut

On April 14, 2018, I wrote a review of the Nobuyoshi Araki exhibition that was on display at the Museum of Sex, in New York City, at the time, here

This is the uncut version of that review. Warning, some images may be graphic. 
 
Nobuyoshi Araki’s ephemeral photographic works, call to mind a tension between life, love, sexuality and death. A large body of his subject matter, is dedicated to his wife, Yôko, who he was married to for 19 years, before she died an early death of ovarian cancer. His photography book titled, “Sentimental Journey” circa 1991, is a dedicated journey which takes place at the start of his marriage and documents her decent into death. Many of his photographic depictions of her, are sentimental representations, taken during their honeymoon together. Small moments, of intimacy and everyday ventures, show Araki’s deep affection for his wife. Her death changed the way that he worked forever. Araki states,”I felt like I was at a starting point, ready to live my life. But when (Sentimental Journey) was printed, even at that time, I felt that it wasn’t a journey to happiness, but already a journey to death…A journey to life and a journey to death.”
 
Araki is one of the most prolific, contemporary photographers in Japan today. His
works have been published in over 500 photography books. In addition, he has exhibited at the Tate London, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. All images are owned and copyrighted by: Nobuyoshi Araki. Photographs provided courtesy of the Museum of Sex. 
Titles in order:
 
1. Araki No. 1, Tokyo
Juergen Teller
2004 
Giclee print 
Courtesy of the Artist 
 
2. Nobuyoshi Araki A\’s Lovers
1997
 
3. Colourscapes 
Nobuyoshi Araki
1991
C-print
Courtesy of Private Collection
 
4. Colourscapes
Nobuyoshi Araki
1991 
C-print
Museum of Sex Collection
 
5. Marvelous Tales of Black Ink (Bokujū Kitan) 068
Nobuyoshi Araki
2007
Sumi Ink on Black and White Photograph 
Courtesy of Private Collection 
 
6. Winter Journey
Nobuyoshi Araki
1989-90 / 2005 
Gelatin Silver Print
 
Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo 
 
 
 
 

 

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