Self, Life, Death




Shamelessly switching between radical and commercial work, the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki symbolizes a contemporary face of Japan – and Japanese photography. From the very start, Araki’s work has been a long and violent dialogue with Japanese culture. So did the story of his honeymoon upset a country that lead a fierce fight against all manifestations of the ego (Self). He continued this dialogue in 1990 with his photographic work on the death of his wife (Death). But it also sketches the Japanese fascination for the power of Eros, in a country where sexuality is such a taboo (Life).