Nobuyoshi Araki, Blue Period/Last Summer


One of the most influential photographers of our time, Nobuyoshi Araki is known for his diaristic style or ‘shi-shashin’ (I-photographs), making photographs of still lives, nudes, bondage, flowers and his late wifi Yoko that evince the vivacity with which he approaches life itself.

It is lesser known that, since the mid 80s, Araki has explored experimental film projects, beginning with an event in 1986 at Cinema Rise in Tokyo, entitled “Tokyo Monogatari” (Tokyo Story). Using two projectors, Araki selected and sequenced slides to create a succession of overlapping images fading into one another, accompanied by a musical soundtrack. “Tokyo Monogatari” became the first in a series of live performances entitled Arakinema, which he staged until the mid-2000s in museums and art institutions around the world.

"Tokyo Monogatari" featured “Blue Period” and “Last Summer”, two series made up primarily of nudes and portraits alternating with street scenes and images of flowers. The majority of the work is derived from “Shashin Jidai”, the important underground subculture magazine of the 1980s in Japan. 

Working directly from the 140 original slides used for both projections, this beautiful slipcased book offers a record of Araki's hitherto hidden oeuvre, in the spirit of the original Arakinema performances. (SESSION PRESS)

Softcover in slipcase, Edition of 1750, published by Session Press.