Nobuyoshi Araki is a celebrated and controversial Japanese photographer whose work revolves around female eroticism and his fascination with Tokyo. With his notoriously provocative images, Araki has been involved in both scandals of attempted censorship and the subject of much controversial attention from critics and the press. Eros and thanatos (sex and death) has been a central theme in Araki’s work. Tokyo Nouvelle also demonstrates a passion for intense black and white photography.
His solo exhibitions include The Barbican Art Gallery, London, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Italian Pavilion, Italia, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Fondation Cartier pour I’art contemporain, Paris.
Araki was a recipient of the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts, Austrian Embassy, and the 5FOURTH Mainichi Art Award.