Dita Polaroid /// Araki

As one of Japan’s greatest and most controversial photographers, Nobuyoshi Araki is influenced by Shunga, the erotic art of the Edo period (1603 – 1867). In addition, the glossy imagery of contemporary culture has an enormous impact on much of his work, as Araki’s unabashedly confronts taboo subjects such as sex, nudity and death. Subjects vary widely from poetic and picturesque scenes of old Tokyo, to erotic photographs of kimono-clad women bound in rope and sensual close-ups of exotic flowers.

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