From flowers to ropes, Araki’s photographs give off a whiff of almost baroque affliction and enthrallment, which have a potent resonance in the imagination of this amateur of Caravaggio’s painting. In Araki’s plentiful and polymorphous oeuvre, sexual provocation isn’t always to be found where it may first appear, namely in the photographs of bondage which are his best-known works, almost overwhelmingly so.
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