"This book reveals everything about me. It’s been a 60-year contract. Photography
is love and death-that’ll be my epitaph." – Araki
The first title in our new TASCHEN limited series is Araki, an enormous and unique
book with a print run of only 2,500 copies. The subject is Japanese photographer
Araki, a man who talks about life through photographs. His powerful œuvre, decades’
worth of images, has been pared down to about 1,000 photographs which tell the story
of Araki and comprise the ultimate retrospective collection of his work.
Known best for his intimate, snapshot-style images of women often tied up with ropes
(kinbaku, Japanese rope-tying art) and of colorful, sensual flowers, Araki is an
artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to experience them
more fully. Obsessed with women, Araki seeks to come closer to them through photography,
using ropes like an embrace and the click of the shutter like a kiss. His work is
at once shocking and mysteriously tender; a deeply personal artist, Araki is not
afraid of his emotions nor of showing them to the world.
Nobuyoshi Arakiwas born in Tokyo in 1940. Given a camera by his father at the ripe
age of twelve, Araki has been taking pictures ever since. He studied photography
and film at Chiba University and went into commercial photography soon after graduating.
In 1970 he created his famous Xeroxed Photo Albums, which he produced in limited
editions and sent to friends, art critics, and people selected randomly from the
telephone book. Over the years, his bold, unabashed photographs of his private life
have been the object of a great deal of controversy and censorship (especially in
his native Japan), a fact that has not fazed the artist nor diminished his influence.
To date, Araki has published over 400 books of his work.
XXL-Format: 34.5 x 50 cm (13.4 x 19.7 in.)
Limited edition of 2,500 copies worldwide, each numbered and signed by Araki
Interviews by Jérôme Sans
Extensive bibliography and biography section
All color illustrations are color-separated and reproduced in Aniva, the finest reproduction
technique available today, which provides unequalled intensity and color range. The
duotone illustrations are made with Novatone, a special treatment for black and white
images that produces exquisite tonal range and density