The rhetorical composition between Polaroid and Pornography clearly lies at the heart of the title Polarnography.
Nobuyoshi Araki’s (Tokyo, 1940), controversial nudes of Japanese women bound with the kinbaku technique made him famous around the world, just as his visceral love for the city of Tokyo, celebrated in many of his photography series (from Tokyo Lucky Hole to Tokyo Diary, Tokyo Novel or Suicide in Tokyo). One of the most controversial and representative artists of the modern age, he is a witness to and an emblematic, and prolific example of, contemporary photography language.
A collector’s item, Polarnography has just 1,000 editions each containing 100 previously unpublished Polaroid pictures. The polaroids by the Japanese artist are reproduced in facsimile and gathered in a box which is, in turn, the duplicate of the box that held the original photographs.
Inside the box the viewer will find portraits of women and sky equally dividing the space. They do not only coexist in the traditional Polaroid shot but rather complement one another, in forms and colours: 100 combinations for 100 unique, previously unpublished and unrepeatable works.
Over the course of his long and multifaceted career, the artist has used photography in its different genres, acceptations and iconic possibilities, pushing it to the extreme limits of violent and hyperreal, aesthetically refined and sublime visions. He has published over 350 books and is considered one of the most prolific contemporary artists of his time. His works are found in numerous museums, including the Tate and the San Francisco Museum.
Nobuyoshi Araki : Polarnography
Erotic images by a leading international contemporary photographer – a limited edition box set of 100 unpublished polaroids, in perfect facsimile.
edited by Filippo Maggia
Published by SKIRA
Publication: April 2019
Length: 100 colour photographs
Size: 8.7 x 10.8 cm in a 9 x 11.5 cm box held in a 30 x 38 cm container container in canvas and acetate
Price: £75.00 $100.00 89.00€