The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

May 25, 2017

May 25, 1940

"Araki" as Nobuyoshi Araki (May 25, 1940) is known professionally, is a Japanese artist.

A sample of his work:

We learn from the Artdaily site about his "Last by Leica" ongoing project started in 2012, through which Nobuyoshi Araki documents his life, artistic work and photographic practice in the form of a visual diary. The series embodies a dual significance, all the works were captured by his Leica M7, the last analogue camera from the manufacturer, and marks the final episode of his Leica series after the success of  Life by Leica which he began in the 1980s ....
From, I believe, the same site, we find out:

Nobuyoshi Araki was born in Minowa, Tokyo, in 1940. He launched his artistic career in 1964 with photographs of children in the city; after which Araki photographed his own honeymoon. These photographs were published in the volume Sentimental Journey, which has acquired legendary status today. During the 1970s, Araki gradually left behind press and journalistic photography and started to explore the existential questions of human life, turning increasingly towards erotic themes. In his photographs, he developed a unique visual aesthetic, creating a poetic portrayal of human passion that surpasses national and geographical boundaries. As a forefather of Japanese post-war photography, Araki invented the concept of the photographic ego, signifying the intriguing interplay between fiction, fact and desire. During this time, he also began to publish his photographs in
Garo, the avant-garde manga magazine and Shashin Jidai.

Today, Araki is globally recognised as a representative of the genre of erotic photography, and is widely celebrated for his candid documentary and artistic images. Araki has published almost 500 books – considering this to be the most important form of presentation for photography.

I guess books means paper books. Interesting thought then, that photography might be better preserved in that format.

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