This Is Not A Love Song, Part IV: Nobuyoshi Araki

This is not a love editorial. Somehow, this wants to be a sort of an introduction into another world, where, love exists, don’t worry, but, in other forms, more rudimental, more vivid, more natural, without that tricks you are seeing, daily, on TV or which airs on the Radio Station, tender and sweet and namby-pamby shity songs. To be short, we are searching for the unconventional face of love. We will introduce you some sort of artists who see this feeling – love – with those eyes that we wanted to see too. You will see what is all about and we hope you will enjoy our unconventional love.

Well, we reached at the fourth part of our editorial. Nobuyoshi Araki is the next name we put on this list. He is a Japanese photographer and a contemporary artist. He is also known by the nickname Arākī. Having published over 350 books by 2005, Araki is considered one of the most prolific artists alive or dead in Japan and around the world. Many of his photographs are erotic; some have been called pornographic. 

The Icelandic musician Björk is an admirer of Araki’s work, and served as one of his models. At her request he photographed the cover and inner sleeve pages of her 1997 remixalbum, Telegram. Also, he has photographed pop singer Lady Gaga. Araki’s life and work were the subject of Travis Klose‘s 2005 documentary film Arakimentari

He became famous for Un Voyage Sentimental (1971), a series of photos depicting both banal and deeply intimate scenes of his wife during their honeymoon.

“Rather than shooting something that looks like a professional photograph, I want my work to feel intimate, like someone in the subject’s inner circle shot them.”

“Of course I had sex with all my models. It is a certainty. But now I can’t do it any more. I am so sorry.” says Araki in an interview.


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