Nobuyoshi Araki 「69YK」
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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our forthcoming solo exhibition with Nobuyoshi Araki, "69YK". Coinciding with his 69th birthday, we are presenting his new works of 6 x 9 monochrome prints.
"All photographs I took with this 69 camera became obscene. But it is not my fault. It is the fault of the camera. (...) Photographers lose their head for art, they try too hard. With this exhibition, I want to beat them up. I say this - a view towards art is not necessary, I think. Plain old photographs are better."
Araki, who continues to tackle Eros (sex/life) and Thanatos (death), asserts that photography is concerned with the "nature of relation and closeness". He states that the relationship between himself and his subjects is very important, but that the interference of another person's consciousness is unnecessary.
By daring to use monochrome film, he devotes himself to strengthen his own faith with regards to photography. It seems that this attitude includes a sense of self-discipline. When looking at the works, in which Araki’s belief is crystallized, one can feel his affection towards his subjects - women, flowers, the sky - and the love that he receives in return; The works quietly exudes a scent of an intense exchange of sentiments between the photographer and his subjects.
Araki has established an impregnable position as a "photographer of genius". Yet, his desire to pursue further possibilities of photographic expression remains unfulfilled.
[Image: "69YK" (2009) B&W print Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery]
From 2009-05-25 To 2009-06-20
Opening Reception on 2009-05-25 from 16:30 to 18:30
inform us please... Why is Araki important? How is he interesting? What does he do that Merits interest? 40 + years of self published books? i ask," So What?" Spill please.