Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tribute to Nobuyoshi Araki

Tribute to Nobuyoshi Araki by Hikari Kesho

Araki was born in Tokyo, studied photography during his college years and then went to work at the advertising agency Dentsu, where he met his future wife, the essayist Yōko Araki (荒木陽子). After they were married, Araki published a book of pictures of his wife taken during their honeymoon titled Sentimental Journey. She died in 1990. Pictures taken during her last days were published in a book titled Winter Journey.
Having published over 350 books by 2005 and still more every year, 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. Among his photography books are Sentimental Journey (1971, but later reissued), Tokyo Lucky Hole (1985), and Shino.[vague]
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 remix album, Telegram. More recently, he has photographed pop singer Lady Gaga. Araki's life and work were the subject of Travis Klose's 2005 documentary film Arakimentari.
His works are held in numerous museum collections including the Tate and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Since Araki became famous also for his photos of women bodaged with the shibari technique, many find that Hikari Kesho is similar to him.
But, if you look at Hikari Kesho photos, you will realize that the "only" things in common are shibari and sometimes the kimono dresses...
Hikari Kesho aesthetics are really different since his artistic research is towards a strict formal perfection.

Please look at this image for example:

"Lotus Flower" Hikari Kesho

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