Nobuyoshi Araki’s career extends in over 350 photography books throughout 40 years. The productive career of this Japanese started in the 70s and was crucial in the development and fusion of the “personal photography”, aspect of the discipline that emerged in the post war. The modernization of the Japan and the proliferation of the popular culture were subjects captured by Araki.
The influence of artists in his works such Takuma Nakahira and Daido Moriyama was decisive in the creation of a personal visual language. The personal and intense way with what the photographer relates with the subject was one of the lessons he learnt from them. The expression of the personal and trivial life also transformed into one of the main characteristics in the work of Nobuyoshi Araki.
Nudity was the mean chose by the photographer to express all these concepts. He expressed his through this erotic esthetic but averting to be identified as pornography; women freed from the urban and oppressive structures so characteristic of the Japan of the 70s. The goal of this generation of artists was to reject the urban reality which was so grey and lacking of feeling, in which the citizens were immersed, to confront the “world in a naked state.”
“The emotional journey” was the beginning of Araki’s work in 1971 was based on the honeymoon that he experienced with his wife Yoko Araki. In 1990 he published “Winter journey” in memory of his death wife. Both facts deeply reflected the sensibility of the artist.
The corpus of Araki explores women in the privacy of their homes in the city of Tokyo. The capital of Japan is the main scenario from where he takes the pictures. He rarely chooses another scenario to create his work. The framings portrays lonely women from the vulnerability; naked, exposed to the other, to the extreme.
The beauty focuses on the expression of the subject, in a style that escapes from the pornographic and appeals to an evocative melancholy that openly offers itself to the photographer. The result is a manifestation of a culture that had fallen into a deep solitude and anonymity, even though the economic glory that has reached in the last decades. In this context the sense of the individual and the other are left to be forgotten.
Nobuyoshi Araki seeks to capture the continuity and vitality of the present in his pieces. This idea can be seen in the beauty and delicacy of women which is represented in a fugacity that ends in death.
It is in this world where Araki uses his camera to give space to the imagination and freedom. And in which it is created a dimension in which the desire and death collide.