Nobuyoshi Araki (Tokyo, 1940) is a Tokyo-based photographer. Araki completed his studies at Chiba University’s Department of Photography, Painting and Engineering with a focus on the study of film and photography. His photographic project Satchin earned him the prestigious Taiyo Award in 1964, shortly after he had joined the advertising agency Dentsu, where he worked until 1972.
At Dentsu he met his wife Yoko, to whom he paid homage in Sentimental Journey, a photographic record of their honeymoon published in 1971. Eros and thanatos (sex and death) has been a central theme in Araki’s work; an abiding fascination with female genitalia and women’s bodies in Japanese bondage, flowers, food, his cat, faces and Tokyo street scenes.
Araki was a recipient of the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts (Austrian Embassy, 2008) and the 54th Mainichi Art Award (2012).
1940 Born in Tokyo
1959 – 1963 Studied photography and film-making at Chiba University
1963 Graduates from the Department of Engineering at Chiba University; majored in Photography and Film Making
1964 First Taiyo Prize for “Satchin”
1974 Helped found the Workshop School of Photography
1976 Opened Nobuyoshi Araki School
1981 Opened Araki Limited Stock Company
1988 Opened AaT ROOM
1990 Shashin-no-kai Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan
1991 7th Higashikawa Prize
1994 Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix
2008 Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts
Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer. His inexhaustible creative energy is attested to by the more than 450 books he has published in the last four decades.
Araki’s exhibitions go back to 1965, when he exhibited at Shinjuku Station Building, Tokyo, Japan, his first show called Satchin and His Brother Mabo. From then on Araki’s work has been exhibited permanently and worldwide through the years.
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Araki – Love and Death – Museo d’Arte di Lugano, Lugano.
Nobuyoshi Araki – ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai.
Nobuyoshi Araki – Silent Wishes – Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg.
Sentimental Journey, Spring Journey – Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo.
Koki No Shashin: Photographs of A Seventy Year Old – Taka Ishii Gallery – Tokyo, Tokyo.
Nobuyoshi Araki – Jablonka Galerie – Köln, Cologne.
Araki: Polaroids – M² – Metroquadro, Rivoli, TO.
Nobuyoshi Araki – ah! ah! – araki, höfer – Kleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden.
Araki: A Perspective – Prism, West Hollywood, CA. World of Girls – Gallery Hashimoto, Tokyo
‘2THESKY, my Ender’ – Taka Ishii Gallery – Tokyo, Tokyo.
20th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The Faces of Japan” Project HIROSHIMA by Nobuyoshi Araki – Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima.
20th Anniversary Special Exhibition – The Faces of Japan – Hiroshima City.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima. Eros.
Photographs 1980 – 2000 – Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna.
POLART 6000 – Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo.
Bondages – Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.
Nobuyoshi Araki – 69YK – Taka Ishii Gallery – Tokyo, Tokyo.
Nobuyoshi Araki – Sex Sells – Galerie Rackey, Bad Honnef.
Araki – Anton Kern Gallery, New York City, NY
Nobuyoshi Araki – Hana Kinbaku, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan On Photography, Araki, Miyamoto, Sugimoto : Japanische Fotografie der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany.
Nobuyoshi Araki – Kinbaku, Galerie Jablonka, Berlin, Germany (solo).
Araki meets Hokusai, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo).
Araki Gold, Palais Fontana dei Trevi, Rome, Italy (solo).
Body Work, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy. Read my Lips, Peres Projects – Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Blue Chips, Galerie Philipp Konzett, Vienna, Austria.
Nobuyoshi Araki, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (solo). Revoir.
Nobuyoshi Araki, Carte blanche, Galerie Mennour Kamel, Paris, France (solo).
Nobuyoshi Araki – Diaries, Leica Galerie Wien Westlich, Vienna, Austria (solo).
Araki – A la vie la mort, Musee de la photographie, Charleroi, Belgium (solo) The Holy Summer, Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam.
Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to now, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK.
Sus ojos les delatan, Foundacion Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain
EROS in der kunst der moderne, foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland.
INTO ME / OUT OF ME, Kunst-Werke Berlin e.V – KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany.
Into me / out of me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, New York, USA.
Why pictures now, MUMUK Museum Moderner Kunst – Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria. Nobuyoshi Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA (solo).
Self.Life.Death, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England, UK (solo).
Tokyo/Sexteen 1969-1973, 1973, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (solo).
Langhans Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic (solo).
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo Berlin. Die Kunst Zweier Stadte, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany.
La region humaine, Septembre de la photographie, Lyon, France.
Full House – Gesichter einer Sammlung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany.
XX – Encontras de Fotografia, CAV Coimbra Visual Arts Centre, Coimbra, Portugal.
Der Verletzbare Körper, Forum für Fotographie, Cologne, Germany.
Polaroids, Galleria Ca di Fra, Milano, Itlaly (solo).
FLUTTER, The Approach, London, England, UK (solo)
Rising Sun, Melting Moon – Contemporary Art from Japan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
Kaori, Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam (solo).
Blumenmythos-Van Gogh bis Jeff Koons, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland.
Contemporanea, Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain.
Awakening, Aura Gallery, Shanghai, China.
Der fotografierte Mensh, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany.
Selections from the Hara Museums permanent collection, Hara Museum of contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
The Ancient Sound of the Image, Palazzo Fontana dei Trevi Rome, Ital. Arakinema, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (solo).
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (performance) (solo)
Polaraki, Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam (solo) 17 januari – 20 februari 2004
Beauty of Darkness (group), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Nobuyoshi Araki, The End of the Century (solo), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
Sexual Healing (group), Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam