The depths of Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs contain the quintessence of Japanese culture. Cheerful and affectionate, Araki always makes people laugh with his jokes. But as soon as he takes hold of his camera, his gaze becomes penetrating. In his viewfinder, quotidian scenes are sublimated into violent art of the snapshot. Araki stakes his life on that instant to such an extent that the viewers are captivated, visually and emotionally, at the first glance.
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