- Hardcover: 720 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; Limited edition (October 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714845760
- ISBN-13: 978-0714845760
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 2.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,019,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The initial impression that most people have of Araki is that he's a dirty, dirty old man.
Which is true.
More importantly, he's someone who has documented every aspect of his life through photography. As much as people will focus on the sexual aspects of Araki's work, its just a part of the larger body of work which quite simply, includes everything. The book does an excellent job of selecting some highlights from an immense body of work produced by everyone's favorite dirty uncle. I have yet to extensively go through the interviews and writing but they provide a nice insight into his process and philosophy of photography.
Araki is a prolific artist who helped define Japans photographic conscience. Starting as most professional photographers do working for an ad agency, he spent his free time creating photos to express his past, environment, and passions, all tinged with his sense of playful rebellion. I would also highly suggest getting Araki by Araki, a compilation done by him of his favorite works. There is also a documentary based on him called Arakimentary that gives a true look at what kind of person he is. I first heard of him from my art teacher, browsed the local book stores, and was amazed. Above all, he wants to have fun and challenge convention, but doesn't give his art any esoteric meaning. His work is very controversial, but by todays decency standards in America, is very tame. His work includes traditional portraits, capturing the playfulness of children, architecture of Tokyo as it was developing post-war, flowers distorted to look like abominations, the sex scene of the early 90's, a tribute to his wife after her death from cancer, intimate nude portraits of beautiful women, and shots of everyday life in Tokyo.