« I wanted to express that the nudity of a woman is not limited to fulfilling men’s erotic desires. She is worthy of respect. A naked woman can possess her own style, independence and strength. »
Naked is a celebration of 21st century women. Through her lens Mari captures the moment the model’s everyday constructed persona is removed revealing an erotic feminine sensuality that is infused with go beyond the boundaries of traditional portraiture and fashion photography. The resulting images capture a unique spontaneity; a model plays with a gun in one photograph, a girl writhes on the pavement at night in another. Friends, musicians, artists, editors and models are featured including Janice Dickinson, Alice Dellal and Daisy Lowe.
Mari Sarai was born in Nara, Japan. From 1997, after studying photography at Santa –Monica College in Los Angeles, she worked as a photographic journalist in New York. In 1999 she relocated to Tokyo where she worked as a fashion photographer. In 2005 she moved to London where she has since been working intensively on editorial projects including ‘Dazed & Confused’, ‘Harper’s Bazaar UK’ ,’Vogue UK’ as well as extensive commercial and advertising work.
Mari Sarai, Naked
Hardcover, Seigensha Art Publishing