Japan's Most Notorious Photographer Defends His Love For Women

November 18, 2014 2:37 PM

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Japan's Most Notorious Photographer Defends His Love For Women

Nobuyoshi Araki has long courted controversy in his native Japan. The photographer who shot to fame after intimately documenting his wife during the couple's honeymoon, is, by his own admission, obsessed with the opposite sex, and has become known for his graphic depictions of young women in sexualized situations. He's also a master stylist with a preternatural sense for color, a strength that gives supporters leverage in the battle over whether the Araki oeuvre celebrates the female form, or exploits it.

Now a new book allows the provocateur to explain his stance on women in his own terms. The 568-page tome -- a Taschen imprint titled, simply, "Araki" -- splits decades of photographs by themes, so a single section tackles sensual photographs of flowers, and another, Araki's images of women tied up i...

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