The self-titled show in Mana’s first-floor gallery will feature more than 150 of Araki's works selected from a distinguished private collection, as well as a unique installation of 500 Polaroids. Arguably Japan's greatest living photographer—and certainly its most controversial—Araki's work is charged with intense sexuality. Known best for his intimate, snapshot style images of women in bondage (also known as kinbaku, the Japanese art of erotic rope-tying), Araki is an artist who reacts strongly to his emotions and uses photography to express them more fully.
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Araki is famous mainly because of his portraits of women (naked, bondaged, doing sex, etc) but if you go deep in his art you will find a great poetry.
I can not forget the series of photos about his wife and their cat: they are really touching .
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I'm sure that if you like Araki you will also like the photographs of Hikari Kesho: he is similar in the subject but interpreted in his personal way, with more attention to the composition and form, something like photo-sculpting:
(discover Hikari Kesho here: http://www.hikarikesho.com and here you can find his FINE ART LIMITED EDITIONS )
|Hikari Kesho - Lotus Flower, 2010|